Morning Skate: Red Wings vs Blue Jackets
7:30p ET, Joe Louis Arena
TV: FSDT, FSOH
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket
Blue Jackets Blog: The Cannon
Coming off of back-to-back games in which Detroit gave up a total of 10 goals, they fought back for a big win against the Edmonton Oilers. The Wings will look to keep this motor churning tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
A team who has been largely riddled with injuries all season, the Blue Jackets had high hopes of being a contender in their division, but were denied when the health of multiple key players faltered. Detroit is in a very good position to get two points tonight, and with teams in the Atlantic gaining steam, I would say it's very important that they do just that.
The Luke Glendening experiment seems to be continuing on, as he will see top-line minutes with Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Tatar. It is what it is, but I think we all know that Teemu Pulkkinen is the guy that we need up there. Teemu & friends had a great game against Edmonton, so I hope to see that continue in this game, as the Finnish Sultan of Sniping is on a quest to show everyone that he's ready for the NHL.
Columbus traded away one of their top defensemen in James Wisniewski, so I really like the match-ups there. I think it's a good way to get two points, and give the home crowd what they want.
The Expected Lineups (Subject to Change)
|Tomas Tatar||Pavel Datsyuk||Luke Glendening|
|Erik Cole||Henrik Zetterberg||Justin Abdelkader|
|Gustav Nyquist||Riley Sheahan||Teemu Pulkkinen|
|Drew Miller||Joakim Andersson||Tomas Jurco|
|Niklas Kronwall||Jonathan Ericsson|
|Kyle Quincey||Danny DeKeyser|
|Brendan Smith||Marek Zidlicky|
|Jimmy Howard (starting)|
Scratches: Daniel Cleary, Stephen Weiss
Injuries: Johan Franzen (Concussion), Darren Helm (Oblique), Jonas Gustavsson (Concussion), Alexey Marchenko (Oblique)
|Rene Borque||Ryan Johansen||Cam Atkinson|
|Brandon Dubinsky||Artem Anisimov||Corey Tropp|
|Scott Hartnell||Alexander Wennberg||Mark Dano|
|Luke Adam||Mark Letestu||Jared Boll|
|Jack Johnson||David Savard|
|Fedor Tyutin||Dalton Prout|
|Kevin Connauton||Cody Goloubeuf|
|BLUE JACKETS||THE MATCH-UP||RED WINGS|
|28-34-4 (60 pts; 7th in Metropolitan)||Record||37-17-11 (85 pts; 3rd in Atlantic)|
|2.50 (24th in NHL)||Goals Per Game||2.91 (7th in NHL)|
|3.15 (26th)||Goals Against Per Game||2.51 (11th)|
|21.3% (6th)||Power Play %||25.4% (1st)|
|79.3% (25th)||Penalty Kill %||81.9% (12th)|
|Nick Foligno (24 goals)||Goal Leader||Tomas Tatar (25 goals)|
|Nick Foligno (58 points)||Points Leader||Pavel and Hank Tied (56 points)|
- The Red Wings are 56-26-1 (W-L-OTL) all-time in the regular season against the Columbus Blue Jackets franchise.
- Last 10 Games: Columbus 2-7-1, Detroit 6-3-1/
- Jimmy Howard is 11-4-3 all-time, with a .932 SV%, 1.83 GAA, and 3 shutouts against the Blue Jackets/