BLUE JACKETS 3 | RED WINGS 1
Fedor Tyutin Post Game
Kevin Connauton Post Game
Todd Richards Post Game
ANALYSIS: It was another strong road period from the Blue Jackets in the middle 20, with some good work to exit their own zone cleanly and also an effective checking job. They were better on special teams in the second, getting a power play goal from Cam Atkinson (and it was a beauty) that snapped a 12-game goalless skid for him, giving him 14 goals on the season. It was a big goal, too, pushing the Columbus lead to 3-1 late in the second and supplying an extra boost headed into the dressing room. Sergei Bobrovsky has done fine work, as well, now up to 28 saves including a couple of 10-bellers in the second period.
Cam Atkinson Goal
ANALYSIS: A solid first period from the Blue Jackets, but if there’s one thing to nitpick, it’s the discipline. They took a double minor for high-sticking (Luke Adam) and also a minor for high-sticking (Kevin Connauton) and gave the NHL’s top-ranked power play unit a lot of time to work in the early going. But they only gave up one goal in six minutes shorthanded, and from there, the Jackets’ speed and forecheck was the story. The Hartnell-Wennberg-Dano line was strong again, and Hartnell scored his 19th of the season late in the first period to give the visitors a 2-1 lead. Shot attempts last 5-on-5 favored the Blue Jackets 21-14 in the first period (60 percent).
Fedor Tyutin Goal
Scott Hartnell Goal
Corey Tropp Pregame
Luke Adam Pregame
UPDATE (12:15 PM): The Blue Jackets have officially activated defenseman Ryan Murray off injured reserve. Murray has been out of the lineup since suffering a high-ankle sprain on Feb. 6. Murray will not play tonight, according to coach Todd Richards.
UPDATE (11:45 AM): Here are the lines and pairings from today's morning skate at Joe Louis Arena as reported by Blue Jackets' color-analyst Jody Shelley.
- Brandon Dubinsky was missing from the morning skate with an illness. We await an update from Todd Richards after the session.
Good morning from the Motor City!
After their thrilling shootout victory over the Hurricanes on Tuesday, the Jackets will polish off a two-game road trip at Joe Louis Arena against the Detroit Red Wings. It's the Jackets' second trip to The Joe this season, having beaten the Red Wings 1-0 in a shootout on Dec. 16. The Jackets will attempt to win consecutive games for just the third time since the All-Star break, while the Red Wings need to continue collecting points to cement their playoff positioning.
- Sergei Bobrovsky is expected to play for the fifth straight game since returning from a groin injury. Bobrovsky locked down over the final two periods and overtime of the Jackets' win in Carolina, making 19 saves over the final 45 minutes and stopping all three Carolina shootout attempts.
- The Blue Jackets power play got a major lift against the 'Canes, netting three goals that included Rene Bourque's first tally as a Blue Jacket. It will be going toe-to-toe with the Red Wings power play that is the best in the NHL. The Red Wings have scored power play goals in six straight games, with six total over that time, while the Jackets' kill has surrendered nine goals in the past five contests.
- The Blue Jackets shootout win in Carolina was just the second time this season that they won a game when trailing entering the third period. That comeback was in part thanks to Scott Hartnell's second two-goal effort at PNC Arena this season. Hartnell now has four goals and six points in his last five games.
- Also bringing the Jackets consistent production has been center Brandon Dubinsky, who picked right back up where he left off after missing three games with a concussion at the beginning of March. Dubinsky has 11 points (6-5-11) in the past 11 games.