RED WINGS (26-30-11) at BLUE JACKETS (35-28-5)
7 p.m. ET; SN, TVAS, FS-O, FS-D+, NHL.TV
The Columbus Blue Jackets take over the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference by defeating the Detroit Red Wings at Nationwide Arena on Friday.
Columbus, which has won its past three games, trails the New Jersey Devils by one point and is four points behind the Philadelphia Flyers for third place in the Metropolitan Division. The Blue Jackets hold the second wild card by two points over the Florida Panthers.
Detroit is 0-4-1 in its past five games and 2-6-2 in its past 10. The Red Wings begin a five-game road trip 12 points behind the Blue Jackets after a 4-0 loss at home to the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday.
Players to watch
Red Wings forward Evgeny Svechnikov, selected No. 19 in the 2015 NHL Draft, had one shot in 9:09 of ice time in his season debut on Thursday. It was his third NHL game.
Blue Jackets forward Thomas Vanek, acquired from the Vancouver Canucks on Feb. 26, scored his first two goals for Columbus in a 5-4 overtime win against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday. He had 38 points (15 goals, 23 assists) in 48 games with Detroit last season.
They said it
"It comes down to your one-on-one battles and your compete and doing it every night, no matter what the situation you face or is thrown at you." -- Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader
"That's a huge win for us to try and keep it going and gain some confidence ." -- Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella on the victory against Colorado
Red Wings projected lineup
Tyler Bertuzzi -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Gustav Nyquist
Martin Frk -- Dylan Larkin -- Anthony Mantha
Justin Abdelkader -- Evgeny Svechnikov -- Andreas Athanasiou
Darren Helm -- Luke Glendening -- David Booth
Danny DeKeyser -- Mike Green
Jonathan Ericsson -- Trevor Daley
Niklas Kronwall -- Nick Jensen
Scratched: Luke Witkowski, Xavier Ouellet
Injured : Frans Nielsen (upper body)
Blue Jackets projected lineup
Artemi Panarin -- Pierre-Luc Dubois -- Cam Atkinson
Sonny Milano -- Nick Foligno -- Oliver Bjorkstrand
Matt Calvert -- Brandon Dubinsky -- Mark Letestu
Thomas Vanek -- Alexander Wennberg -- Boone Jenner
Zach Werenski -- Seth Jones
Ryan Murray -- Jack Johnson
Ian Cole -- David Savard
Scratched : Taylor Chorney, Scott Harrington, Markus Hannikainen, Lukas Sedlak
Injured: Dean Kukan (upper body), Markus Nutivaara (upper body), Josh Anderson (knee)
Coreau will make his second NHL start this season. Nielsen will miss his second straight game. … Bobrovsky (illness) could start after not playing the past two games. He dressed as Korpisalo's backup Thursday.
Detroit has allowed four or more goals in four straight games. … Panarin has 12 points (six goals, six assists) in his past nine games.