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Blue Jackets at Red Wings: Gameday Updates, Line Combinations, Key Matchups

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Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Red Wings defense gets a body back tonight. Nicklas Kronwall is officially good to go and will play for the first time in over a month.

So the defensive pairs are expected to be the same as posted in the morning skate. The offense, however, I don't know what Jeff Blashill is thinking. The Wings are struggling to score... so let's move Luke Glendening up? I thought they had a good thing going with the Darren Helm-Glendening-Riley Sheahan line. It felt like that could be an impactful 4th line. One thing I do agree with is moving Brad Richards down the lineup, but I didn't want Andreas Athanasiou down there with him.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Oh well... at this point, who cares what the lines are. Just score some damn goals and win the damn game.


Line Combinations

Red Wings Lineup

Forwards

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

Defensemen

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

Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek
Jimmy Howard

Scratches: Tomas Jurco

Injuries: Johan Franzen, Drew Miller, Jonathan Ericsson

Power-play units:

  1. Nyquist-Datsyuk-Zetterberg-Abdelkader (net front)-Kronwall
  2. Pulkkinen-Tatar-Larkin (net front)-Richards-Green

Jackets 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

Joonas Korpisalo
Curtis McElhinney

Fun Facts!

Red Wings all-time record against Columbus: 52-19-1-8 (W-L-T-OTL)

Red Wings goals for per game (GF/G) against the Jackets: 3.18

Red Wings goals against per game (GA/G) against the Jackets: 2.28

Key Matchups

Red Wings offense vs Korpisalo/McElhinney

The Blue Jackets give up a league worst 3.08 goals per game. That should be music to the Wings' ears as they've struggle to score and were shut out for the very first time last game in New York. I want to see 5 goals tonight and a offense that starts clicking before our outdoor adventure this weekend.

Jeff Blashill vs Himself

Please stop playing Glendening 18 minutes a night and only giving Athanasiou around 7 minutes. You don't need to crush Datsyuk and Zetteberg either. Those guys are old. Trust your young, offensively talented players. Larkin needs to play more than 11:41 a night. Tatar and Nyquist need to play more than 11 minutes a night too. Yes, I know special teams play may have impacted these times from last game, but the writing is on the wall. Let's not be Mike Babcock 2.0. Trust your good, young players to get the job done.

Let's Go Red Wings.