GAME BLOG: Blue Jackets vs. Red Wings

Saturday, 02.02.2013 / 9:30 AM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today





8:45 P.M. -- SECOND PERIOD ANALYSIS: Scratch the previous update. That was the Blue Jackets' strongest 20 minutes of the season, and they deservedly lead 3-1 over Detroit after two periods here at Nationwide Arena. There was a scary moment as James Wisniewski crashed hard into the end boards, back first...he was on the ice and required medical attention, but eventually skated off with help from his teammates and will not return tonight. Keep James in your thoughts tonight, everyone. Very concerning. The Blue Jackets played a very competitive, hard-nosed second period and refused to let the Red Wings garner any momentum. Artem Anisimov contributed two sweet goals in the second frame: the first was a top-shelf, short side snap shot that caught Howard by surprise to give Columbus a 2-1 lead. Later in the period, the Blue Jackets put on a flurry inside the Detroit end and it culminated in another Anisimov tally. John Moore zipped a gorgeous cross-zone pass right on Anisimov's tape, and one dangle later, he deposited it behind Howard to give Columbus a two-goal lead. There are 20 minutes to be played here, and the Blue Jackets need more of what they did in the second period to come out victorious tonight.


7:45 P.M. -- FIRST PERIOD ANALYSIS: The Blue Jackets may have allowed the first goal, but this may have been one of their best first periods to date. They killed off two Detroit power plays with some quality execution and shot-blocking, and the only puck to get by Steve Mason was a point-blank rebound attempt by Johan Franzen. Aside from that, the Blue Jackets held steady and got a big lift from their power play unit. Fedor Tyutin made a nice read and carried the puck around the net, sending a perfect pass to James Wisniewski to uncork a one-timer through heavy traffic supplied by RJ Umberger. The shot beat Howard cleanly over his stick side shoulder, tying this game at 1-1 with 1:43 left in the period. It's clear the Blue Jackets are trying to get pucks in behind the Red Wings defense, finish their checks and make Detroit come 200 feet up the ice.


11:30 A.M. -- Get the lowdown on the Red Wings with today's game day preview: Read it!


11:00 A.M. -- The Red Wings are slated to go with Jimmy Howard in goal tonight against the Blue Jackets. He picked up the win last night over St. Louis, and is the only goalie to start a game for Detroit this season.


10:20 A.M. -- Through the CBJ lens at today's morning skate:








10:05 A.M. --
Columbus will use the same lineup as Thursday night's game. Here are the lines and pairings they're skating in today:

Brassard - Dubinsky - Foligno
Umberger - Anisimov - Dorsett
Prospal - Johansen - Audy-Marchessault
MacKenzie - Letestu - Boll

Moore - Wisniewski
Tyutin - Savard
Erixon - Johnson


9:55 A.M. -- The Blue Jackets have taken the ice for today's morning skate...and it appears that all healthy players are present and accounted for. Steve Mason appears to be getting the start tonight vs. the Red Wings, and it's hard to argue after a strong effort in relief on Thursday.


9:40 A.M. -- We want to welcome all of our season ticket holders who are taking in today's morning skate! Hope you have a good time.


9:30 A.M. -- It's only been about 48 hours since we last convened here, but good morning and a very happy game day to you all. There are few things as comforting as the smell of fresh ice being cut at Nationwide Arena, and that's what I'm taking in here just before the Blue Jackets hit the ice for their fifth morning skate of the year in this building.

Since we last met, the Blue Jackets dropped a 4-1 decision at home to the Blues and got behind 3-0 just 13 minutes into the game. Sergei Bobrovsky was pulled for the first time this season, but Steve Mason stepped in and put forth a perfect effort in relief. Where that leaves the goaltending decision for tonight is anyone's guess, but I surmise we will know more here in the next hour or so.

While we get prepped for the skate to start, let's check out the highlights from Thursday's game against St. Louis:

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Johansen 82 33 30 3 63
J. Wisniewski 75 7 44 0 51
B. Dubinsky 76 16 34 5 50
C. Atkinson 79 21 19 -4 40
A. Anisimov 81 22 17 -2 39
N. Foligno 70 18 21 5 39
R. Umberger 74 18 16 -3 34
M. Letestu 82 12 22 1 34
J. Johnson 82 5 28 -7 33
B. Jenner 72 16 13 6 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 32 20 5 .923 2.38
C. McElhinney 10 11 1 .909 2.70
 
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