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The Columbus Blue Jackets suck.

Sure they might have seven good fans and the players might be nice guys and people in the organization too. But, come on, this team is awful. It's kind of...no...it's completely sad that the Red Wings lost to this team earlier in the season. It was so long ago in the season that my memory must be cloudy, but for the Wings to lose to the BJs, well, I'm just going to assume that Jonathan Ericsson, Brett Lebda, two blind midgets, and Graham were the five players on the ice the enitre game and Steven Mason switched teams and played for Detroit.

I'm not even worried about karma biting the Wings in the ass because of this post either. That's how bad the Jackets are. The Wings are the better team (by miles and miles and miles and some kilometers for our Canadian friends). Add into the fact that the Wings are at home, at the Joe, where they beat other teams worse than Edzo beats off to Jimmy Hayes videos on YouTube. Yeah...I went there.

It's going to be a bloody massacre. Get your popcorn ready and prepare to enjoy the biggest ass-kicking of 2012.

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The Cannon is your SBNation Blue Jackets' blog.

Puck drop is just after 7p ET on Fox Sports Detroit Plus.

The Expected Lineup

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Johan Franzen -- Pavel Datsyuk -- Todd Bertuzzi

Valtteri Filppula -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Jiri Hudler

Danny Cleary -- Darren Helm -- Drew Miller

Jan Mursak -- Justin Abdelkader -- Tomas Holmstrom

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Nicklas Lidstrom -- Ian White

Niklas Kronwall -- Brad Stuart

Mike Commodore -- Jonathan Ericsson

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Jimmy Howard (starting)

Ty Conklin

Scratches: Cory Emmerton and Jakub Kindl

Injuries: Patrick Eaves

BLUE JACKETS HOW THEY MATCH UP RED WINGS
13-28-5 (31 pts; LAST IN NHL) Record 31-15-1 (63 pts; 4th in West)
2.33 (28th) Goals Per Game 3.15 (5th)
3.22 (29th) Goals Against Per Game 2.28 (5th)
14.6% (23rd) Power Play % 18.1% (14th)
76.8% (29th) Penalty Kill % 81.6% (22nd)
Rick Nash (16 goals) Goal Leader Johan Franzen (18 goals)
Rick Nash (32 points) Points Leader Pavel Datsyuk (51 points)

  • The Red Wings are 46-12-1-6 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time against the Blue Jackets. That's a .762 winning percentage, folks. That's the second best winning percentage in franchise history. Once again, just reaffirms how bad the BJs and how much the Wings own them (to be far...the rest of the league probably owns them too).
  • Pavel Datsyuk has 58 career points in 48 career games against Columbus. He has more points against the Jackets than any other team except the Blues. HA.
  • James Tiberius Howard III: 8-1-1 career record against CBJ with a 1.67 GAA and a .941 SV%.
  • Columbus has 31 points this season. Detroit had 31 points on November 30th.

Prediction: Red Wings win 7-0. Pavel Datsyuk is your player of the game with 5 points.

Let's Go Red Wings.