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Columbus trying to move into first wild card in East; Detroit has lost five straight games

by Craig Merz / NHL.com Correspondent

RED WINGS (26-30-11) at BLUE JACKETS (35-28-5)

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

 

The Game

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

Jared Coreau

Jimmy Howard

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

Sergei Bobrovsky

Joonas Korpisalo

Scratched : Taylor Chorney, Scott Harrington, Markus Hannikainen, Lukas Sedlak

Injured: Dean Kukan (upper body), Markus Nutivaara (upper body), Josh Anderson (knee)

 

Status report

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.

 

Stat pack

Detroit has allowed four or more goals in four straight games. Panarin has 12 points (six goals, six assists) in his past nine games.

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