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Werenski returns for Columbus; Detroit 2-1-0 after 12-game winless streak

by Dave Hogg / Independent Correspondent

BLUE JACKETS (13-14-6) at RED WINGS (9-23-3)

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


The Game

Zach Werenski is expected to play for the Columbus Blue Jackets against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday.

The defenseman was activated off injured reserve after missing seven games with a shoulder injury. Werenski has 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in 26 games this season.

The Blue Jackets have points in their past four games (2-0-2), including a 3-0 win against the Washington Capitals on Monday.

The Red Wings are 2-1-0 after a 12-game winless streak (0-10-2). Defenseman Danny DeKeyser was scheduled to have back surgery Tuesday and could miss the rest of the season.


Players to watch

Blue Jackets forward Gustav Nyquist has a team-high 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) in 33 games. He played his first 481 NHL games for Detroit.

Red Wings rookie forward Filip Zadina has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past four games.


They said it

"Overall, it was a good team effort. Every line affects the other lines in a positive way. When we play our game, we're a scary team too. When we play to our strengths and our game plan, good things happen. We need to find a way to do that in consecutive games." -- Blue Jackets forward Oliver Bjorkstrand

"(DeKeyser) will be out for a significant amount of time. He was making progress toward getting back, but he had a setback. When he's healthy, he's our top defenseman and I think he's one of the most underrated defenders in the League. He obviously has a huge impact on our team." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill


Blue Jackets projected lineup

Alexandre Texier -- Pierre-Luc Dubois -- Eric Robinson

Gustav Nyquist -- Boone Jenner -- Oliver Bjorkstrand

Nick Foligno -- Alexander Wennberg -- Cam Atkinson

Marko Dano -- Riley Nash -- Kevin Stenlund

Dean Kukan -- Seth Jones

Vladislav Gavrikov -- David Savard

Scott Harrington -- Andrew Peeke

Joonas Korpisalo

Elvis Merzlikins

Scratched: None

Injured: Brandon Dubinsky (wrist), Emil Bemstrom (rib), Markus Nutivaara (upper body), Kole Sherwood (oblique), Ryan Murray (upper body), Sonny Milano (upper body), Josh Anderson (shoulder)


Red Wings projected lineup

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Dylan Larkin -- Robby Fabbri

Anthony Mantha -- Valtteri Filppula -- Filip Zadina

Andreas Athanasiou -- Luke Glendening -- Darren Helm

Brendan Perlini -- Frans Nielsen -- Adam Erne

Patrik Nemeth -- Mike Green

Filip Hronek -- Trevor Daley

Madison Bowey -- Alex Biega

Jonathan Bernier

Eric Comrie

Scratched: Christoffer Ehn, Dylan McIlrath, Brian Lashoff, Justin Abdelkader

Injured: Danny DeKeyser (back), Jimmy Howard (lower body), Jonathan Ericsson (upper body)


Status report

The Blue Jackets placed Anderson on injured reserve to activate Werenski. … Howard will play with Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League on Tuesday as part of a conditioning stint. … Ericsson was put on IR and Detroit recalled Lashoff from Grand Rapids. He could be the 12th defenseman to play for the Red Wings this season.


Stat pack

Bjorkstrand scored twice in the third period against the Capitals for his first multigoal game of the season and Blue Jackets-leading sixth multipoint game. … Bertuzzi is two points from 100 in the NHL.

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