The Detroit Red Wings (22-22-10) visit Nationwide Arena for their final matchup with the Columbus Blue Jackets (34-14-5) this season. After a controversial overtime finish earlier this week that saw the CBJ take two points on the road, the Red Wings will certainly have revenge in mind this evening. Puck drop is scheduled for shortly after 5:00 PM ET.
Here are 10 things to get you ready for the game:
- Saturday evening’s game will be the first for the Red Wings since the passing of their owner Mike Ilitch. Expect the team to come out with a little extra motivation in this one.
- As if that wasn’t enough, the questionable no-call in the overtime game between these two teams on Tuesday night is surely still fresh in the memories of the Wings players. Brandon Dubinsky got away with a slash that immediately led to the Seth Jones overtime winner.
- Although they enter the day tied for last in the Atlantic Division, the Detroit Red Wings are still hanging around in the Eastern Conference playoff picture as they currently sit six points out of the final spot.
- The Blue Jackets are going for the season sweep of the Red Wings this evening after taking the first two games between the two clubs.
- In the four games since the All Star break, Brandon Dubinsky has two goals and three assists.
- Both Dubinsky and Cam Atkinson have scored goals in each of the first two meetings between the CBJ and Red Wings this season.
- The Columbus Blue Jackets are 7-9-1 since January 5th when their winning streak ended. The Red Wings are 6-5-5 during that same stretch.
- In their last seven games, the Jackets are 0-for-8 on the power play. Despite that, they’ve still maintained their league-best ranking in power play percentage.
- Sergei Bobrovsky will get the start in net once again for the Blue Jackets. He’s allowed less than three goals only once in his last six games. That one was last Tuesday against the Red Wings in Detroit when he allowed two goals on 26 shots.
- Keep an eye on #2 for Detroit tonight. Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith had a high hit on Josh Anderson Tuesday night that forced the CBJ rookie to miss the remainder of the game. In what should be a spirited affair, things could get chippy early.
After playing without much emotion on Thursday night against the Vancouver Canucks, this evening’s game against Detroit should be the complete opposite for the Jackets. Both teams have plenty to play for, so expect a tough fight for the two points up for grabs tonight at Nationwide Arena.