Morning Skate: Red Wings vs Blue Jackets

7:30p ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, MI


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)
Petr Mrazek

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


Sergei Bobrovsky
Curtis McElhinney

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/