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Preview: Blue Jackets at Red Wings

Goalie Petr Mrazek starts for Detroit; Columbus aims to avoid third straight loss

by Dave Hogg / NHL.com Correspondent

BLUE JACKETS (33-13-5) at RED WINGS (22-21-9)

7:30 p.m. ET; FS-O, FS-D, NHL.TV

 

Blue Jackets team scope

The Columbus Blue Jackets make their final regular-season visit to Joe Louis Arena looking for a bounce-back performance after a 5-1 home loss against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. The Blue Jackets are 6-8-1 since their 16-game winning streak and need a win to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season. "We win one and lose a couple," coach John Tortorella said after the loss to New Jersey. "That's what our record is, a little under .500. It's not an easy league." The Blue Jackets have been struggling on the road, going 3-5-1 in their last nine games away from home after starting the season 12-2-3. Columbus still has the NHL's top power play (24.3 percent) but hasn't been earning opportunities to use it. The Blue Jackets have had the man advantage four times in their previous five games, going without a power play in three of those games.

 

Red Wings team scope

The Detroit Red Wings will be looking to extend a two-game winning streak that has pulled them within five points of the third-place Toronto Maple Leafs in the Atlantic Division. Goaltender Petr Mrazek, coming off a 42-save shutout at the Nashville Predators on Saturday, will get his third straight start. Rookie Jared Coreau has gone 5-2-3 with Jimmy Howard recovering from a knee injury, but Howard could be back with the Red Wings as soon as this weekend. Coach Jeff Blashill held an optional skate Tuesday and said he won't be juggling his lines against Columbus. "[Chris Chelios] always tells me that Bob Johnson never changed a winning lineup at Wisconsin, so that's good enough for me," Blashill said with a smile.

 

Blue Jackets projected lineup

Brandon Saad -- Alexander Wennberg -- Nick Foligno

Boone Jenner -- Brandon Dubinsky -- Cam Atkinson

Matt Calvert -- William Karlsson -- Josh Anderson

Scott Hartnell -- Lukas Sedlak -- Sam Gagner

Zach Werenski -- Seth Jones

Ryan Murray -- Jack Johnson

Scott Harrington -- Markus Nutivaara

Sergei Bobrovsky

Joonas Korpisalo

Scratched : Markus Hannikainen, Dalton Prout

Injured : David Clarkson (back), David Savard (undisclosed)

 

Red Wings projected lineup

Gustav Nyquist -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Anthony Mantha

Andreas Athanasiou -- Darren Helm -- Thomas Vanek

Tomas Tatar -- Riley Sheahan -- Dylan Larkin

Justin Abdelkader -- Luke Glendening -- Tomas Jurco

Danny DeKeyser -- Mike Green

Nick Jensen -- Jonathan Ericsson

Brendan Smith -- Xavier Ouellet

Petr Mrazek

Jared Coreau

Scratched : Steve Ott, Ryan Sproul, Alexey Marchenko

Injured : Tyler Bertuzzi (ankle), Jimmy Howard (knee), Frans Nielsen (shoulder), Niklas Kronwall (lower body)

 

Status report

Anderson missed the game against the Devils because of illness, but is expected to replace Hannikainen if he's fully recovered. The Blue Jackets continued their normal practice of not holding a morning skate. … Ott, who has missed 10 games with a shoulder injury, was activated from injured reserve but won't play against the Blue Jackets. "Tomas [Jurco] has shown a lot of confidence out there in the last few games, and I don't want to tell him that he's doing well but coming out of the lineup," Blashill said. "That will also give Ott a chance to get in an extra couple practices."

 

Who's hot

Wennberg has eight points (two goals, six assists) in his past six games. ... Jones has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past six games. … Zetterberg has five points (two goals, three assists) in a three-game point streak. ... Mantha has four points (one goal, three assists), in a three-game point streak. ... Mrazek has won back-to-back games in regulation after going 0-6-2 in his previous eight starts.

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