So, mathematically, my headline isn't correct. I know this. But, let's be honest: this game is kind of it. Look at the rest of the schedule. Points are going to be tough to get, and anytime you can get two points and beat a team in a playoff spot that you're fighting for... well, this is another one of those huge four-pointers.
Lineup changes. Compressed schedule. Emotional loss on Friday. Flat loss on Sunday. Power Play drought. None of it matters. The Jackets, quite simply, just HAVE to win tonight.
That's all I can say.
Columbus Blue Jackets
(36-29-6, 78 Points; 5th division, 10th conference)
|Boone Jenner||Ryan Johansen||Nathan Horton|
|Matt Calvert||Brandon Dubinsky||Cam Atkinson|
|R.J. Umberger||Artem Anisimov||Nick Foligno|
|Derek MacKenzie||Mark Letestu||Blake Comeau|
|Jack Johnson||Dalton Prout|
|Fedor Tyutin||James Wisniewski|
|Nick Schultz||David Savard|
Detroit Red Wings
(33-24-14, 80 Points; 4th Division, 7th Conference)
|Johan Franzen||David Legwand||Daniel Alfredsson|
|Tomas Tatar||Riley Sheahan||Gustav Nyquist|
|Mitch Callahan||Darren Helm||Joakim Andersson|
|Drew Miller||Luke Glendening||Todd Bertuzzi|
|Niklas Kronwall||Brendan Smith|
|Kyle Quincey||Danny DeKeyser|
|Jakub Kindl||Brian Lashoff|
Head to Head Stats
Detroit Columbus 2.59 (19) GPG 2.75 (14) 2.70 (16) GAPG 2.70 (15) 18.1% (17) PP% 16.8% (18) 83.5% (11) PK% 81.9% (16) Gustav Nyquist, 23 G leader Ryan Johansen, 27 Niklas Kronwall, 37 A leader James Wisniewski, 33 Henrik Zetterberg, 48 Pts leader Ryan Johansen, 52 Kyle Quincey, 80 PIM leader Brandon Dubinsky, 94 18-13-4 Road/Home 19-13-3 3/23 vs. Minnesota, L 4-3 (OT) Last Game 3/23 @ NY Islanders, L 2-0 5-3-2 Last 10 5-4-1