Red Wings at Blue Jackets: Gameday Updates, Line Combinations, Keys to the Game

Sadly, it was Calvin Johnson that retired today and not Jonathan Ericsson.

It was an optional skate for the Red Wings this morning. They've earned it, for sure. According to Jeff Blashill, the Wings expect Pavel Datsyuk to be back tonight. The rest of the lineup is still TBD. Let's hope the team makes the right call and plays Brendan Smith (they won't).

Line Combinations

Red Wings Lineup


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


Kyle Quincey Mike Green
Danny DeKeyser Alexey Marchenko
Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson


Jimmy Howard
Petr Mrazek

Scratches: Teemu Pulkkinen, Brendan Smith :'(

Injuries: Johan Franzen, Drew Miller

Jackets Lineup


Nick Foligno Alexander Wennberg Scott Hartnell
Boone Jenner Brandon Dubinsky Cam Atkinson
Matt Calvert William Karlsson David Clarkson
Rene Bourque Gregory Campbell Jared Boll


Ryan Murray Seth Jones
Cody Goloubef David Savard
Fedor Tyutin Dalton Prout


Joonas Korpisalo
Curtis McElhinney

Fun Facts!

Red Wings all-time record against Columbus: 53-19-1-8 (W-L-T-OTL)

Red Wings goals for per game (GF/G) against the Jackets: 3.16

Red Wings goals against per game (GA/G) against the Jackets: 2.26

Key to the Game


The entire puck needs to cross the goal line. That's how you score goals. You need to score more than the other team in order to get the victory and two points in the standings.



Get the puck moving from low to high in the offense zone

Quoting Prahshanth because he's smarter than me:

It's a Tortorella team, so they collapse in the D-zone. If you try and overpass, you'll get burned. Move the puck down low, have the D collpase in and then get to the front of the net. Defensively, Tortorella employs an aggressive 1-2-2 and sometimes 2-1-2 forecheck. Need to make sure forwards provide outlets to the middle of the ice.

Let's Go Red Wings.