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Game Day Hub: Blue Jackets vs. Red Wings

by Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets




Jack Johnson Post-Game

Todd Richards Post-Game

ANALYSIS: After a solid first period, the Blue Jackets got themselves into some early trouble in the second period and the Red WIngs made them pay. Boone Jenner took a tripping penalty just 40 seconds into the period that the Wings would cash in for a two-goal lead. Nick Foligno struggled to clear the zone and the Blue Jackets never regained position, allowing the Wings to work the puck around and set up a point shot from Johan Franzen. The rebound found Gustav Nyquist who buried his ninth of the season with Sergei Bobrovsky having no chance.

The goal seemed to put Columbus on their heels, as the Red WIngs would outshoot them 9-2 during the first 12 minutes of the period. But the Jackets found their offensive footing late, generating several quality chances that tested Jimmy Howard. Their best sequence led to a Red WIngs' penalty, when Niklas Kronwall pulled down Jenner in a battle for a rebound in front of the Detroit net. The Blue Jackets need a spark early in the third period trailing by two goals, having only scored four third period goals in the past nine games. With 1:36 of power play time to start, they'll have their chance.

Second Period Highlights

ANALYSIS: Another solid opening period for the Blue Jackets, however, they head into the break down 1-0 to the Red Wings. The lone goal so far belongs to Tomas Tatar, who scooped up a loose puck in front of Sergei Bobrovsky and buried it inside the post, giving Detroit the opening goal at 10:17. The Blue Jackets had their chances and most of them were born from exactly what they need to do - pucks deep, disrupt the defense and win the battles low in the zone. Boone Jenner had a goal called back due to a “distinct kicking motion” after a semi-lengthy review, and it was a call that had to be overturned despite an official being right on the spot to deem it a good goal in real time. Regardless, it’s back to work for the Blue Jackets in the second period, and they need to keep pressuring the Detroit defense and turnovers. Shots are 12-11 favoring the Jackets.

First Period Highlights

 Ryan Johansen

 Nick Foligno

UPDATE (12:25 PM): The Blue Jackets have claimed defenseman Kevin Connauton off waivers from the Dallas Stars. He is currently en route to Columbus. More details to come later in the day.

UPDATE (12:15 PM): Detroit media reports indicate that Pavel Datsyuk will be out of the lineup tonight for the Red Wings with a sore groin. He will be replaced by Daniel Cleary.

These are the lines from this morning's skate...









- Todd Richards confirms that Ryan Johansen is expected in the lineup tonight. Richards will use the same lineup as Saturday night.

- Matt Calvert and Jack Skille were on the ice for the morning skate, but did not take part in line rushes. Frederic St-Denis was the seventh defenseman

- Pavel Datsyuk reportedly missed Red Wings' practice yesterday dealing with a groin injury. He is questionable for tonight's game.

- Mark Letestu skated today on his own in the OhioHealth Ice Haus. He remains "day-to-day,week-to-week", as Todd Richards said yesterday.

Good morning, everyone! The Blue Jackets are a couple hours away from their morning skate at Nationwide Arena, preparing for tonight's game against the Detroit Red Wings. One key note: the morning skate will be streamed LIVE on with our host Bob McElligott. We'll have a video link available shortly and you'll be able to watch practice right here on the game day hub.

Before we get to the skate, let's get caught up on some happenings from yesterday...

- Matt Calvert and Jack Skille are possible additions to the Blue Jackets lineup tonight, coach Todd Richards said yesterday. If they can't play, Richards also said he's comfortable going with the same lineup used in both games over the weekend.

- Brandon Dubinsky did not skate Monday, but he's still "day-to-day and week-to-week" according to Richards. He has not yet joined the team for a full practice as he recovers from abdominal surgery.

- Jordan Leopold said he drove to St. Louis and back yesterday, less than 24 hours after being traded to the Blue Jackets and making his debut against San Jose.

- Ryan Johansen is listed as "questionable" for tonight's game. He collided with the goal post on a breakaway in the third period on Saturday, but Richards said Johansen's ailment had more to do with the wear and tear of the game than that specific incident. Johansen returned for his next shift and finished the game, but did not practice Monday.

- Artem Anisimov practiced in Johansen's usual spot between Brian Gibbons and Nick Foligno on Monday.

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