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Blue Jackets-Red Wings Preview

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

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Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Detroit Red Wings

GAME: Columbus Blue Jackets (27-40-3) at Detroit Red Wings (48-15-6).

TIME: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. EST.

The surging Detroit Red Wings look to win their sixth straight game over the Columbus Blue Jackets as the Central Division rivals meet at Joe Louis Arena.

The Red Wings are 21-4-1 all-time against the Blue Jackets, including a 10-2-0 mark at home.

In winning all five matchups this season, Detroit has limited Columbus to just seven goals, and goaltenders Manny Legace and Chris Osgood have each recorded shutouts.

Legace stopped 17 shots in a 6-0 win Oct. 22. Osgood had a 26-save performance in a 4-0 victory Jan. 18.

Legace extended a career-high with his sixth shutout of the season in the Red Wings' 4-0 win Thursday over San Jose.

"I just had to stand there, basically," said Legace, who made 28 saves. "I made a couple of tough saves when it was 3-0 and 4-0. I really didn't have to do much."

Legace is 11-2-1 with a 2.45 goals-against average and three shutouts since Jan. 30. Lifetime against Columbus, Legace is 8-3-1 with a 1.98 GAA and two shutouts.

Defenseman Mathieu Schneider, who has posted career-bests in goals (21) and points (55) this season, has scored in each of his last three games against the Blue Jackets.

Forward Tomas Holmstrom also is riding a points streak, having recorded three goals and two assists in his last five games.

The Wings have won 15 of their last 18 games and are tied with Ottawa for the league lead with 102 points.

Columbus snapped a five-game losing streak with a 3-2 win Friday over Calgary. Jason Chimera tallied his fourth game-winning goal of the season and career-high 15th marker overall with 2:47 to play.

"I like the way they played with a lot of character tonight," Blue Jackets coach Gerard Gallant said. "We really battled hard. We have 12 games left and I expect this kind of effort in every one of them."

Veteran defenseman Adam Foote had nine assists entering the contest, but tied a career-high with three in the win.

Goalie Marc Denis is just 3-16-1 in 21 career games against the Red Wings. He is 0-3-0 with a 7.95 GAA against them this season, having allowed 15 goals in 113 minutes, 11 seconds.

Columbus needs three wins in its final 12 games for a new franchise-best.

STANDINGS: Blue Jackets - 57 points, 3rd place, 45 PB, Central Division. Red Wings - 102 points, 1st place, Central Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Blue Jackets - Nikolai Zherdev, 26 goals and 52 points; David Vyborny, 33 assists; Jody Shelley, 138 PIM. Red Wings - Henrik Zetterberg, 35 goals; Nicklas Lidstrom, 57 assists; Pavel Datsyuk, 82 points; Chris Chelios, 102 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Blue Jackets - Power play: 14.1 percent (56 for 398), 29th in NHL. Penalty killing: 80.9 percent (368 for 455), 23rd. Red Wings - Power play: 23.7 percent (93 for 393), 1st. Penalty killing: 85.1 percent (336 for 395), 4th.

GOALTENDERS: Blue Jackets - Denis (17-24-0, 1 SO, 3.32 GAA); Pascal Leclaire (7-13-3, 0, 3.41). Red Wings - Legace (30-8-3, 6, 2.20); Osgood (17-5-3, 2, 2.72).

SEASON SERIES: Red Wings, 5-0.

LAST MEETING: Jan. 18; Red Wings 4-0. At Columbus, Ohio, Holmstrom scored two power-play goals, and Datsyuk and Mikael Samuelsson each had two assists.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Blue Jackets - 9-23-3 on the road; Red Wings - 24-9-3 at home.

2005-2006 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 08 '06DET 4 at CBJ 2J. Williams
Apr 07 '06CBJ 5 at DET 6 - SOT. Holmstrom
Mar 25 '06CBJ 5 at DET 4 - SOJ. Balastik
Jan 18 '06DET 4 at CBJ 0T. Holmstrom
Dec 31 '05CBJ 2 at DET 5M. Samuelsson
Dec 20 '05CBJ 3 at DET 4 - SOJ. Williams
Oct 24 '05DET 6 at CBJ 2P. Datsyuk
Oct 22 '05DET 6 at CBJ 0J. Williams
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