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Preview: Back to Back | Detroit Red Wings vs Columbus Blue Jackets


The Detroit Red Wings are back in Joe Louis Arena to take on the Columbus Blue Jackets at 8:00 p.m. EDT.

The new line-up Red Wings continues to pay of for the team as the top three lines each scored a goal to help the Wings beat the Bruins. Yesterday’s win was a big game for the Wings, but it is a new day and a new team tonight, which means that they will have to refocus and make sure they do not have a relapse.

Columbus is heading into tonight’s game on two days of rest, which could either mean they are more prepared for tonight or that they will be too relaxed and not play with the intensity required; for the sake of the Red Wings hopefully it is the later. Marian Gaborik leads the Blue Jackets in points and goals so far this season, while Sergei Bobrovsky has looked very human in net.

Projected Line-up

Forwards

Henrik Zetterberg – Pavel Datsyuk – Todd Bertuzzi

Johan Franzen – Stephen Weiss – Justin Abdelkader

Daniel Cleary – Joakim Andersson – Daniel Alfredsson

Drew Miller – Luke Glendening – Jordin Tootoo

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall – Jonathan Ericsson

Kyle Quincey – Danny DeKeyser

Brian Lashoff  Jakub Kindl

Goaltender

Jonas Gustavsson

The Red Wings’ have to stop taking so many penalties because the penalty kill can only do so much. If the Wings want to continue winning they need to draw penalties and not take them.

The Wings did not receive a single power play against the Bruins, but they have to draw some against the Blue Jackets and then make them pay.

While it is nice to have an enforcer like Jordin Tootoo on the ice, the best enforcer is always a dominate power play that can hurt the opposition where it counts, on the scoreboard.

Daniel Alfredsson put up his first point on the third line by delivering a nice pass to Daniel Cleary, who put the puck past Rask. It is only a matter of time before he starts lighting the lamp himself.

Depending on how Jimmy Howard‘s hand feels tomorrow he could be in net, but of not it will be Jonas Gustavsson between the pipes once again.

Once again the new defensive pairing stepped up big for the Red Wings and until one of them makes a severe mistake, Brendan Smith will continue to sit in the press box.

Prediction: The Red Wings might come onto the ice a bit ragged after a flight from Boston yesterday, but after that brief period they will be good to go. Red Wings victory 3-1.

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