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Game Preview: Blue Jackets, Red Wings meet for first time in 2015-16

by Katie Foglia / Columbus Blue Jackets

The last time the Blue Jackets and Red Wings played each other was during the 2014-15 season on Mar. 12, 2015 at Joe Louis Arena. It's been a while.

But more on that later.

The Red Wings are in the midst of a four-game losing streak, the most recent of those defeats coming Sunday night at Madison Square Garden in the form of a 1-0 overtime loss to the New York Rangers.

In terms of wins and losses this season, the Red Wings are 29-20-11 for 69 points and in the thick of the postseason hunt, hoping to make the Stanley Cup playoffs for an astounding 25th consecutive season.

In Detroit’s last outing (the aforementioned loss to the Rangers), Kevin Klein scored the overtime winner on Jimmy Howard to lift the Rangers over the Red Wings. The first three periods of the game went scoreless and Klein’s goal secured the 1-0 win for the Rangers.

Columbus went 2-1-2 during its recent five-game home stand and picked up a 6-4 win in a wild game in Boston on Monday night. Three of those five games on the home stand went into overtime and two into a shootout. Joonas Korpisalo started Monday's game, but there's no word on Tuesday's starter in Detroit.

In that Blue Jackets victory on Mar. 12, Justin Abdelkader opened the scoring for the Red Wings at 7:49 of the first, but that was the only time Detroit would find the scoresheet.

Fedor Tyutin put the Blue Jackets on the board and leveled the score at 12:24 of the first, and Scott Hartnell added on at 16:24 of the frame, putting the visitors up 2-1 after 20 minutes.

At 18:30 of the second period, Cam Atkinson scored on the power play and sealed the 3-1 win for Columbus. The Blue Jackets are 27-41-12 in the all-time series against Detroit, but are 16-13-4 in the last 33 meetings, including a 9-2-1 mark since Mar. 28, 2012.

With 41 points, Henrik Zetterberg leads the Red Wings in that category so far this season. In 60 games played, the Detroit captain has scored 12 goals and added 29 assists while playing primarily on a line with "The Magic Man," Pavel Datsyuk.

The 2015-16 season marks Zetterberg’s 13th in the NHL, all of which have been spent with Detroit. He was selected in the seventh round (210th overall) by Detroit in the 1999 NHL Draft, and has played in 896 career NHL games with the franchise.

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