March 10, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Matt Calvert (11) and Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith (2) shove each other during the third period at the Joe Louis Arena. Columbus won 3-2 in a shoot out. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Battle For Eighth | Detroit Red Wings At Columbus Blue Jackets Game Preview


The Detroit Red Wings are on the road to take on the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight at 7:00 p.m. EDT.

The Red Wings are coming off a rough afternoon game against the Rangers and should be ready for a rebound game. The Wings’ passing, skating, and defense will all need improvement if the team expects to leave Columbus with a victory, though.

The Blue Jackets have a record of 4-0-1 in their last five games and are hoping that their hot streak will continue, tonight.

Projected Line-up

Forwards

Johan Franzen – David Legwand – Gustav Nyquist

Tomas Jurco – Riley Sheahan – Tomas Tatar

Justin Abdelkader – Luke Glendening – Daniel Alfredsson

Drew Miller – Cory Emmerton – Todd Bertuzzi

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall – Jonathan Ericsson

Kyle Quincey – Danny DeKeyser

Brendan Smith – Brian Lashoff

Goaltender

Jimmy Howard

  • The Red Wings have a 55-23-1 overall record against the Blue Jackets and spot a winning percentage of 63.8%, while at Nationwide Arena.
  • Since 2010, the Red Wings are 15-9-0 against the Blue Jackets and they will face off against each other once more this month.
  • The Red Wings beat the Blue Jackets earlier this season and will play them once more after tonight’s game.
  • The Red Wings and Blue Jackets are tied in the standings at 71 points a piece, but the Blue Jackets are in possession of two tiebreakers against the Red Wings.
  • A win tonight for the Blue Jackets would put them three points a head of Detroit, while a win for the Red Wings would put them back into eighth place and only a point behind Tampa Bay.
  • Joakim Andersson fractured his ankle blocking a shot on Sunday and will be out of the line-up for 2-3 weeks.
  • Cory Emmerton has been called up from Grand Rapids and will take Andersson’s spot on the fourth line.
  • The biggest fault with the Wings’ is their defensive play; they were not able to bring in outside help at the deadline and must find a way to help out their goaltender.

Prediction: The Detroit Red Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets are looking for two points to keep their playoff hopes alive. It will be a tight one, 2-1 Blue Jackets win.

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