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Morning Skate: Blue Jackets at Red Wings Preview

Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

5:00p ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, MI

TV: Fox Sports Detroit

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Blue Jackets Blog: The Cannon

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What happened yesterday cannot happen again. It probably will though at some point this season. The Red Wings are still that up-and-down roller coaster of a team we saw earlier in the season. There has been a little more stability lately, but they're still in a team in progress. With that said, there is no way Columbus should own them. Right now the Wings are the Blue Jackets' b*tch. In four games this season, the BJs have three wins and a shootout loss to the Wings. That's unacceptable. I get that Columbus brings their "A" game every time they play their biggest rival, but at some point Detroit needs to stop, look in the mirror, and stop laying a steaming, pile of crap on the ice when they play the Central Division doormat. If anyone thought this team had a officially turned the corner, well, yesterday was a reality check. There is a still a long way to go to get back to being the best. Being the best means taking care of business against teams you should beat. I hope the Wings bring their best this evening. Another loss and they could drop out of the top eight and the Blue Jackets will only be 4 points back.

The Expected Lineup

Damien Brunner - Henrik Zetterberg - Johan Franzen

Daniel Cleary - Pavel Datsyuk - Justin Abdelkader

Drew Miller - Cory Emmerton - Jordin Tootoo

Tomas Tatar - Joakim Andersson - Patrick Eaves

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Niklas Kronwall - Jonathan Ericsson

Kyle Quincey - Brendan Smith

Brian Lashoff - Jakub Kindl

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Jimmy Howard (starting)

Jonas Gustavsson

Scratches: Kent Huskins and Ian White

Injuries: Valtteri Filppula (shoulder), Mikael Samuelsson (finger), Todd Bertuzzi (back), Darren Helm (back) and Carlo Colaiacovo (shoulder)

BLUE JACKETS THE MATCH-UP RED WINGS
9-12-4 (21 pts; 14th in West) Record 12-9-4 (28 pts; 6th in West)
2.24 (26th in NHL) Goals Per Game 2.56 (18th in NHL)
2.76 (14th) Goals Against Per Game 2.48 (9th)
13.9% (28th) Power Play % 14.3% (26th)
85.9% (5th) Penalty Kill % 77.9% (24th)
Vinny Prospal (9 goals) Goal Leader Damien Brunner (10 goals)
Vinny Prospal (14 points) Points Leader Henrik Zetterberg (25 points)

  • The Red Wings are 50-16-1-6 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
  • Columbus has won 4 straight games and is on a 6 game point streak.
  • The Wings are 2-2-1 on Sundays this season. They've earned point in every home game on a Sunday this season. The lone home Sunday loss came last weekend in a shootout to the Blackhawks.
  • Detroit is 3-2-0 in the second game of a back-to-back.
  • The Blue Jackets own the Wings. They're 3-0-1 against Detroit this season.
  • The last time these two teams met was yesterday. I don't want to remember what happened.
  • Detroit is 5-3-2 in their last 10 games. Columbus is 5-3-2.
  • Howard is 10-3-1 with a 2.01 GAA, .927 SV% and 1 shutout in 16 career starts against the Blue Jackets.
Prediction: Detroit wins 3-1. Zetterberg is your player of the game.

Let's Go Red Wings.