PRE GAME vs. Detroit

It's $10,000 Tuesday and Detroit is missing some key pieces for tonight's game

Tuesday, 02.28.2012 / 4:41 PM / News
By Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com

TONIGHT'S LINEUP

Nikita Nikitin

Now that the NHL trading deadline has passed, the Blue Jackets and interim head coach Todd Richards can look forward to the final leg of the season. The home stretch beings tonight against the Detroit Red Wings, who are going to be without a handful of their top players when they meet the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. Pavel Datsyuk, Nicklas Lidstrom and recently-acquired Kyle Quincey will not play tonight, meaning youngster Brendan Smith draws in to play with Niklas Kronwall.

Doug Janik was recalled from Grand Rapids (AHL) this afternoon and he’s projected to play alongside Ian White. Joey MacDonald, who owns a 4-1-1 career record against Columbus, starts in goal for the Red Wings. Curtis Sanford is expected to make his second consecutive start for the Blue Jackets.

Darryl Boyce, claimed off waivers by the Blue Jackets over the weekend, will make his club debut this evening.

Here is the expected Red Wings lineup for tonight’s game:

LW C RW
Zetterberg Filpula Hudler
Bertuzzi Abdelkader Cleary
Franzen Helm Miller
Holtmstrom Emmerton Mursak
LD RD
Kindl Stuart
Kronwall Smith
White Janik
G
MacDonald
Howard

Here is the expected Blue Jackets lineup for tonight’s game:

LW C RW
Umberger Brassard Nash
Prospal Letestu Atkinson
Russell Boyce Dorsett
Gillies MacKenzie Johansen
LD RD
J. Johnson Wisniewski
Tyutin Nikitin
Lebda Moore
G
Sanford
Mason

3 KEYS
  1. Puck management: Richards was not pleased with the way his team managed the puck against the Penguins, and said turnovers fed into Pittsburgh’s offense in the third period. The same goes when you play Detroit – the Blue Jackets have to make smart decisions with the puck and be cautious between the blue lines.
  2. Use the energy from the new guys: Boyce and Jack Johnson will play their first games at Nationwide Arena tonight, and it will surely provide a boost of energy throughout the lineup. The Blue Jackets need to use that early in the game and use it to build a lead.
  3. Put the past behind you: Some players admitted that the speculation leading up to the trade deadline had an effect on their play, and with that pressure off, they hope their play will reflect that. If they can get their skating legs going and force the Red Wings to turn pucks over, Columbus will get chances.

QUOTABLES
Richards, on moving forward after the trade deadline:
“It’s another thing that can bring you together. I think we’ve had lots of adversity to deal with this year. This was just another obstacle…whenever you deal with these types of things, it does tend to bring people and teammates together.”

Richards, on facing another top team this evening: “I think we’re a committed team. It’s going to be no different tonight… keeping the game tight, we’re going to need key saves at the right time. It’s not a team that we want to be chasing.”


AT THE ARENA VS. DETROIT
Here are some tips for fans attending the game at Nationwide Arena tonight:

• Doors will open tonight at 6:00 p.m. for the 7:08 p.m. puck drop.

• It's another $10,000 Tuesday! Tonight, 20 lucky fans will win an iPAD2. Look for the signs upon entering the arena, and text TUESDAY to 95323.

• The Blue Jackets take the ice around 6:30 p.m. for pre-game warm-ups. Interested in their pre-game play list? Check out the scoreboard or follow @CBJ_DJ on twitter.

• If you haven’t ventured to Chef’s Corner across from Section 108 – you’re missing signature sandwiches from the Nationwide Arena chef’s. The Chef’s make them to order – guaranteeing a delicious bite from start to finish.

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 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Dubinsky 4 1 5 1 6
J. Johnson 4 3 2 1 5
R. Johansen 4 2 3 0 5
B. Jenner 4 2 2 -2 4
M. Calvert 4 2 1 3 3
D. Savard 4 0 3 2 3
M. Letestu 4 1 1 -1 2
C. Atkinson 4 1 1 2 2
J. Wisniewski 4 0 2 -4 2
A. Anisimov 4 0 2 -1 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 2 2 0 .900 3.22
 
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