The Detroit Red Wings face-off against the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET.
The Red Wings are on a four game losing streak and are sitting in 9th place in the Western Conference. The good news is a win against Columbus put the Wings back in the top 8. The Wings will have to help out Pavel Datsyuk, who has been on a tear for the Wings, but cannot be the be all end all for the team’s offense.
The Blue Jackets are on a three game losing streak of their own and have only won two of their past ten game. Columbus hasn’t been very good this season, but they always play the Red Wings tough. Whether it is the Wings playing done to their level or the Blue Jackets pushing themselves tonight will be a tough game.
Speaking of awesome forward production, Valtteri Filppula needs to be much better than he has been so far this season. It is a contract year for him and while it will be better for the Wings to resign him if he has a bad season, it hurts the team a lot.
Prediction: Jonas Gustavsson shines in his first start with the Wings and is happy to be far away from Toronto’s goalie coach Francois Allaire. On the offensive side, people not named Pavel Datsyuk decided to produce points for the Wings. Red Wings victory 3-0.
Jimmy Howard will be between the pipes tonight, Jan Mursak is back in the line-up and will replace Patrick Eaves on the 3rd line, and Kent Huskins is back in for Jakub Kindl.