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Red Wings return home to face Blue Jackets

by Brian Compton /

BLUE JACKETS (2-2-0) at RED WINGS (4-2-0)


Season series: First of three meetings this season between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Detroit Red Wings. They won’t face each other again until March 11 at Nationwide Arena. Columbus went 4-0-1 against Detroit last season.

Big story: Columbus gets right back on the road to begin a three-game road trip at Joe Louis Arena. The Blue Jackets played back-to-back games on the road before returning home for one game against Boston on Saturday, but now they won’t skate on home ice again until next Sunday. Detroit will play its second game in as many days after winning in Boston on Monday afternoon.

Team Scope:

Blue Jackets: Columbus will be looking to bounce back after suffering a 3-1 loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday at Nationwide Arena. Jack Johnson opened the scoring with a power-play goal late in the first period, but the Bruins got a goal from Chris Kelly late in the second and Loui Eriksson early in the third before Milan Lucic put the game away with an empty-net goal.

"For the most part I thought we played a pretty good game," Columbus center Derek MacKenzie said. "We could have been a little better as far as our reaction to that lucky first goal. I don't think anyone expected to shut out Boston so whether it was a good goal or bad goal we should have assume they were going to score somewhere along the line.

"Once that happened we kind of let off the gas a little bit and allowed them back into the game. Most of us would have predicted a 2-1 game one way or another. It was a 10-minute lapse for us that was enough for them to get the win."

Red Wings: Detroit is seeking its third straight victory after earning a 3-2 win against the Bruins at TD Garden. Henrik Zetterberg, Stephen Weiss and Daniel Cleary all scored for Detroit and Jonas Gustavsson stopped 28 of 30 shots in his first start of the season to help the Red Wings secure their fourth win of 2013-14.

"In the end it was a real good start for us and for [Gustavsson] because he gets confidence and we need to get 20 games, or 20-plus games, out of him," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "If he feels good about [himself] and our team feels good about him, he can play more and it keeps [Jimmy Howard] fresh."

Who's hot: Blue Jackets wing Marian Gaborik has six points (two goals, four assists) in four games. … In six games, Zetterberg has five goals, two assists and a plus-4 rating. Pavel Datsyuk has two goals and four assists, Daniel Alfredsson has five assists and Niklas Kronwall has a goal and four assists.

Injury report: Blue Jackets forwards Matt Calvert (lower body) and Blake Comeau (ankle) are questionable.

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