BLUE JACKETS (9-7-1) at RED WINGS (8-8-1)
7 p.m. ET; FS-D, FS-O, NHL.TV
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
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
Scratched: Luke Witkowski
Injured: Danny DeKeyser (ankle), Justin Abdelkader (cheekbone)
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.
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.