GAME DAY: Detroit

The Blue Jackets meet the Red Wings for the fifth and final time this season today at Joe Louis Arena

Saturday, 03.09.2013 / 10:00 PM / News
By Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com

BLUE JACKETS (9-12-4) VS. RED WINGS (12-9-4)

JOE LOUIS ARENA | DETROIT, MI

5 P.M. TODAY

TV: FOX SPORTS OHIO (HD) | RADIO: 97.1 FM & BLUEJACKETS.COM





If yesterday's emphatic 3-0 win at Nationwide Arena wasn't enough for your Blue Jackets-Red Wings fill, the two clubs are locking horns one final time this afternoon at Joe Louis Arena.

The fifth and final meeting of the season series between these Central Division rivals wraps up what has been an entertaining and successful (if you're the Blue Jackets) 2013 slate, with each game providing its own source of drama and ebb-and-flow momentum swings along the way. There was the Red Wings' opening-night shootout win at Nationwide Arena after the Blue Jackets took a third period lead, then saw Damien Brunner tally a gorgeous shootout winner to steal one in Columbus.

Who could forget the Mark Letestu shorthanded goal back on Feb. 2 that put the game away in the third period? The building was rocking that night, and a couple of weeks later, Vinny Prospal made a Buffalo Wild Wings in Dublin erupt in excitement with the memorable spin-o-rama game winner with less than 30 seconds to play in Detroit.

Pending final results of the NHL's proposed realignment, these two clubs will remain in the same conference next season but the rivalry they've established won't get as many installments in the record books. This season's chunk of games, however, has been a fitting way for these two teams to close the book and move to the Eastern Conference -- each game has been tightly-contested, spirited and not short on emotion.

You could tell - especially yesterday in Columbus - that there's no love lost between the players on either side, and today's finale should be an engaging one. The Red Wings, who had won five of their last seven before losing 3-0 at Nationwide on Saturday, are sure to be a more focused and determined group today, as coach Mike Babcock was not a fan of their poor puck management and intermittent work ethic.

Jimmy Howard will get the start in goal for the Red Wings today, as Jonas Gustavsson picked up the loss to the Blue Jackets yesterday. It's not yet clear whether Bobrovsky gets his second straight start, and with the team not taking a morning skate, the decision may not be known until closer to game time.




- Columbus is 3-0-1 vs. the Red Wings in 2012-13 heading into tomorrow’s season series finale. This will be the first time in franchise history that Columbus has won their season series with Detroit. The Blue Jackets have now won four games in a row and have earned a point in six straight outings (4-0-2).

- The Blue Jackets have now gone nine games in a row without allowing a power play goal, a franchise record.

- Sergei Bobrovsky made 29 saves vs. Detroit to record his first career shutout. Bobrovsky is now 5-1-1 in his last seven appearances and has allowed only two goals in his last 230:43 of action (0.52 GAA, .981 SV% in that time).

- Ryan Johansen assisted on Nick Foligno’s goal in the second period on Saturday to extend his point streak to three games (0-3-3).




Daniel Cleary
DAN CLEARY

LEFT WING | #11

2013 STATS: 5-2-7, 25 GP

Cleary definitely is not producing at the same offensive clip as when the Red Wings last won the Stanley Cup (2008), but the now 34-year-old is still playing the rugged, two-way game that earned him a regular spot in the Red Wings' lineup. Originally a first-round pick (13th overall) by Chicago in 1997, the Red Wings picked Cleary up as a free agent in 2005 and he's found a home in the Motor City.




COLUMBUS:
Artem Anisimov (lower body), day-to-day; Brandon Dubinsky (knee), on IR; James Wisniewski (foot), on IR; John Moore (shoulder), on IR

DETROIT: same injury list as Saturday

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
J. Johnson 2 2 1 0 3
M. Calvert 2 2 0 3 2
R. Johansen 2 1 1 -1 2
B. Dubinsky 2 0 2 0 2
D. Savard 2 0 2 1 2
B. Jenner 2 0 2 -1 2
D. MacKenzie 2 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 2 1 0 1 1
A. Anisimov 2 0 1 -1 1
C. Atkinson 2 0 1 1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 1 1 0 .905 3.00
 
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