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Morning Skate: Blue Jackets vs Red Wings Game Preview

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The Cannon is your SBNation Blue Jackets' blog.

Puck drop is just after 7:30p ET on Fox Sports Detroit.

The Expected Lineup (UPDATED)

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Gustav Nyquist -- Pavel Datsyuk -- Todd Bertuzzi

Valtteri Filppula -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Jiri Hudler

Danny Cleary -- Justin Abdelkader -- Drew Miller

Jan Mursak -- Cory Emmerton -- Tomas Holmstrom

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Nicklas Lidstrom -- Ian White

Niklas Kronwall -- Brad Stuart

Kyle Quincey -- Jakub Kindl

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Ty Conklin (starting)

Jordan Pearce

Injuries: Patrick Eaves (concussion), Jonathan Ericsson (wrist), Joey MacDonald (back), Johan Franzen (back), Darren Helm (knee) and Jimmy Howard (groin)

Ericsson is still out with his wrist injury (per Khan). He hopes to be back Wednesday.

BLUE JACKETS HOW THEY MATCH UP RED WINGS
24-44-7 (55 pts; 15th in West) Record 45-25-5 (95 pts; 5th in West)
2.28 (28th in NHL) Goals Per Game 2.97 (4th in NHL)
3.17 (29th) Goals Against Per Game 2.44 (6th)
15.1% (25th) Power Play % 15.6% (22nd)
76.4% (30th) Penalty Kill % 79.9% (22nd)
Rick Nash (26 goals) Goal Leader Johan Franzen (26 goals)
Rick Nash (50 points) Points Leader Filppula/Zetterberg (62 points)

  • The Red Wings are 48-12-1-6 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time against the Columbus Blue Jackets franchise.
  • Valtteri Filppula has six goals and seven assist in his last 10 games against the BJs.
  • When @daverhancock reaches 100 followers we will randomly select one of his followers to be a guest along with my father on WIIM Radio.
  • Steve Mason is 7-9-2 record with a 2.62 GAA, .922 SV% and three shutouts (WTF?!) in his career against the Wings. Ty Conklin is 3-1-2 with a 3.06 GAA, .896 SV% and one shutout all-time against Columbus.

Prediction: Wings win 7-3. Valtteri FIlppula is your player of the game.

Let's Go Red Wings.