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Morning Skate: Blue Jackets at Red Wings

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Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

7:30p ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, MI

TV: Fox Sports Detroit, NBCSN

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket/1270 AM

Jacket's Blog: The Cannon

One last game here until the Stadium Series takes up our weekend. The Red Wings get to host the Blue Jackets at the Joe. Columbus will be coming to town playing their 2nd game in as many days. Last night, they went into the Boston and beat the Bruins 6-4... so thank you for that, CBJ. Tonight though... we hope you suck.

The Wings blueline is expected to see the return of Niklas Kronwall tonight. We'll see how the pairings and defense as a whole shapes up. I'd expect Kronwall to slide in on the left side next to Alexey Marchenko or he'll join Danny DeKeyser as the "top pair." Kyle Quincey would then move down next to Marchenko. Jeff Blashill could just shake up all the pairs too. We'll know more after the Wings skate.

Ultimately, the Red Wings are losers of four straight games and, if they can't win tonight, the slide down the standings could continue. This team can't afford to waste points against a bad team playing the 2nd game of a back-to-back. A loss tonight is completely unacceptable.

Detroit Expected Lineup

Forwards

Henrik Zetterberg Pavel Datsyuk Justin Abdelkader
Tomas Tatar Brad Richards Dylan Larkin
Gus Nyquist Andreas Athanasiou Tomas Jurco
Darren Helm Riley Sheahan Luke Glendening

Defensemen

Kyle Quincey Danny DeKeyser
Nicklas Kronwall Alexey Marchenko
Brendan Smith Mike Green

Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek
Jimmy Howard

Scratches: Teemu Pulkkinen, Jakub Kindl

Injuries: Drew Miller, Johan Franzen, Jonathan Ericsson

Columbus Expected Lineup

Forwards

Scott Hartnell Alexander Wennberg Brandon Saad
Boone Jenner Brandon Dubinsky Cam Atkinson
Matt Calvert William Karlsson Nick Foligno
Kerby Rychel Gregory Campbell Rene Bourque

Defensemen

Ryan Murray Seth Jones
Jack Johnson David Savard
Fedor Tyutin Dalton Prout

Goaltenders

Curtis McElhinney
Joonas Korpisalo

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