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Abdelkader out with fractured cheekbone for Detroit; Columbus looks to avoid fifth straight loss

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BLUE JACKETS (9-7-1) at RED WINGS (8-8-1)

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

 

The Game

Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader has a fractured cheekbone and will miss the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday. He will see a specialist on Monday but it is not expected to be a long-term injury, coach Jeff Blashill said after the morning skate.

Abdelkader has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in 17 games for the Red Wings, who are 4-2-0 in their past six games following a six-game losing streak (0-5-1).

The Blue Jackets will try to end a four-game losing streak (0-3-1) when they play for the first time at Detroit's new arena. Columbus has scored once in each of the past two games. The Blue Jackets have the NHL's worst power play (10.0 percent) and haven't scored in their past 13 opportunities.

 

Players to watch

Blue Jackets fourth-line forward Markus Hannikainen has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past four games.

Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha leads Detroit with 16 points (eight goals, eight assists), including eight points (four goals, four assists) in his past six games.

They said it

"It's always tough to lose a game, but we're not beating ourselves up over it. There's a new game [Saturday], a new opportunity and we're looking forward to that." -- Blue Jackets forward Alexander Wennberg after a 3-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday

"We need to step it up. We're at home. We need to take advantage of it. We need to show our fans that we can win at home." -- Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha on Detroit's 2-2-1 home record

 

Blue Jackets projected lineup

Pierre-Luc Dubois -- Nick Foligno -- Josh Anderson

Boone Jenner -- Brandon Dubinsky -- Oliver Bjorkstrand

Artemi Panarin -- Alexander Wennberg -- Cam Atkinson

Sonny Milano -- Tyler Motte -- Markus Hannikainen

Zach Werenski -- Seth Jones

Jack Johnson -- David Savard

Ryan Murray -- Markus Nutivaara

Joonas Korpisalo

Sergei Bobrovsky

Scratched: Scott Harrington, Gabriel Carlsson

Injured: Matt Calvert (upper body), Lukas Sedlak (ankle), Zac Dalpe (upper body)

 

Red Wings projected lineup

Gustav Nyquist -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Anthony Mantha

Tomas Tatar -- Dylan Larkin -- Luke Glendening

Darren Helm -- Frans Nielsen -- Martin Frk

Scott Wilson -- Andreas Athanasiou - David Booth

Jonathan Ericsson -- Trevor Daley

Niklas Kronwall -- Mike Green

Xavier Ouellet -- Nick Jensen

Jimmy Howard

Petr Mrazek

Scratched: Luke Witkowski

Injured: Danny DeKeyser (ankle), Justin Abdelkader (cheekbone)

 

Status report

Korpisalo may start after Bobrovsky made 26 saves Friday. The Blue Jackets dressed seven defensemen for a second straight game against Carolina. … Howard, 3-1-0 in his past four games, is expected to start; Mrazek made 28 saves in a 6-3 loss at the Calgary Flames on Thursday. 

 

Stat pack

The Blue Jackets won all three games against the Red Wings last season, outscoring them 9-4. … The Red Wings play 13 of their next 15 games at home.
 

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