Morning Skate: Red Wings vs Blue Jackets

7:00p ET, Nationwide Arena

Columbus, OH

TV: Fox Sports Detroit

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Blue Jackets Blogs: The Cannon

Detroit comes into tonight being 4-3-3 in their last 10 games. That's not very good. Even though they pulled off an impressive performance against Chicago, they came back and shit the bed against Montreal. Tonight is a great chance to take advantage of a team who is hurting from injuries, and come out with a couple of points.

The Red Wings need to score more. It seems like they could score whenever they wanted against Chicago, and the exact opposite against Montreal. It's pretty simple.. Start winning more, or find yourselves playing catch-up in the standings. I believe they can do it. I know that they will. Let's score some goals.

The Expected Lineups


Gustav Nyquist Henrik Zetterberg Johan Franzen
Tomas Jurco Pavel Datsyuk (?) Justin Abdelkader
Tomas Tatar Riley Sheahan Darren Helm
Drew Miller Luke Glendening Joakim Andersson


Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Kyle Quincey Danny DeKeyser
Brian Lashoff Brendan Smith


Jimmy Howard (starting)
Petr Mrazek

Scratches: Daniel Cleary, & Jakub Kindl

Injuries: Stephen Weiss (groin), Pavel Datsyuk (groin) (This could change. But as of right now, we don't know)


Brian Gibbons Ryan Johansen Nick Foligno
Scott Hartnell Boone Jenner Cam Atkinson
Adam Cracknell Artem Anisimov Alexander Wennberg
Corey Tropp Michael Chaput Jared Boll


Jack Johnson Dalton Prout
Jordan Leopold David Savard
Tim Erixon James Wisniewski


Sergei Bobrovsky (starting)
Curtis McElhinney

Opponent Outlook

Player to Fear: Ryan Johansen. He is one of the latest up-and-comers in the NHL. The kid is quick, and skilled. He can go head-to-head with any center in the league. Yes, even Luke Glendening.

X-Factor: Sergei Bobrovsky. Bob is a fantastic goalie, and can steal a game on any given night.

Familiar Faces: Scott Hartnell. Fuck that guy.

Stuff to think about:

  • The Red Wings are 55-25-1 all-time in the regular season against the Columbus Blue Jacket.
  • Henrik Zetterberg has 48 career points against CBJ.
  • The Red Wings need to win this game.

Reasons to absolutely loathe the Blue Jackets:

Also.. They have a really stupid cannon that they shoot off. What a dumb tradition. Beat them, please!