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Will we again see this changing of the guard for the third straight game? Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE
Will we again see this changing of the guard for the third straight game? Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Detroit Red Wings at Columbus Blue Jackets

March 28, 2012 - 7:30pm EDT
Nationwide Arena - Columbus, Ohio
Radio - WBNS FM 97.1 - TV - NBC Sports Network
Opponents Blog: Winging It In Motown
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The Jackets have given up 13 goals in their last two games (while scoring just 5), and welcome the Red Wings in tonight for a national TV audience. What could be better than potentially getting disemboweled on national TV while the entire country sees your barn half-full of the opponents' fans? Not much, in my humble opinion.

As if Monday's 7-2 whoopin' wasn't bad enough, tonight the Wings look to get Johan Franzen back from injury. He's the club's leading goal-scorer, and has routinely put up numbers against the Jackets throughout his career with 23 points (13 G) in 42 career games.

Steve Mason looks to bounce back from two sub-par performances in which he's been pulled for Allen York. With the team in front of him going through the motions, it may not be any easier tonight.

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
(24-45-7, 55 Points; 5th division, 15th conference)

R.J. Umberger Derick Brassard Cam Atkinson
Vinny Prospal Mark Letestu Rick Nash
Ryan Russell Ryan Johansen Derek Dorsett
Colton Gillies Darryl Boyce Jared Boll
Jack Johnson David Savard
Nikita Nikitin Brett Lebda
Aaron Johnson John Moore
Steve Mason
Curtis Sanford

Detroit Red Wings
(46-25-5, 97 Points; 2nd Division, 4th Conference)

Valtteri Filppula Henrik Zetterberg Jiri Hudler
Johan Franzen Pavel Datsyuk Todd Bertuzzi
Justin Abdelkader Andrew Miller Danny Cleary
Tomas Holmstrom Cory Emmerton Jan Mursak
Nicklas Lidstrom Ian White
Niklas Kronwall Brad Stuart
Kyle Quincey Jakub Kindl
Ty Conklin
Jimmy Howard

Season Series

10/21/11 - Columbus 2 at Detroit 5 - RECAP
10/25/11 - Detroit 1 at Columbus 4 - RECAP
01/21/12 - Columbus 2 at Detroit 3 (SO) - RECAP
02/28/12 - Detroit 5 at Columbus 2 - RECAP
03/26/12 - Columbus 2 at Detroit 7 - RECAP
03/28/12 - Detroit at Columbus

Head to Head

Detroit Columbus
3.03 (4) GPG 2.28 (28)
2.43 (6) GAPG 3.22 (29)
16.0% (21) PP% 14.9% (27)
80.2% (22) PK% 76.2% (30)
Johan Franzen, 26 G leader Rick Nash, 27
Henrik Zetterberg, 45 A leader Vinny Prospal, 35
Henrik Zetterberg, 66 Pts leader Rick Nash, 52
Todd Bertuzzi, 62 PIM leader Derek Dorsett, 210
16-20-3 Road/Home 14-21-3
3/26 vs. Columbus, W 7-2 Last Game 3/26 @ Detroit, L 7-2
3-5-2 Last 10 3-7-0