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Detroit is coming off a Monday night 5-2 victory against the Edmonton Oilers and now has 85 points and is solidly in position to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs in the Eastern Conference. The Red Wings are seven points ahead of the fourth-place Boston Bruins and five behind the Tampa Bay Lightning for second. Tonight, Columbus comes to town with a long list of health issues, and on pace to surpass 500 man-games lost. This will be the third and final match-up between these two former division rivals this season. Detroit won the first meeting 5-0, and dropped a 1-0 shootout loss at Joe Louis Arena. Jimmy Howard, tonight's starter, has saved the 57 shots he faced in the two games.
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You can watch today's 7:30 PM match-up on Fox Sports Detroit, or listen in with Ken Kal and Paul Woods on 97.1 The Ticket.