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That might be a bit much, but this game--if the Jackets want to continue having playoff aspirations--is absolutely huge.

Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sport

Detroit Red Wings at Columbus Blue Jackets

March 25, 2014 - 7:30 pm EDT
Nationwide Arena - Columbus, Ohio
Radio - WBNS 97.1 FM -- TV - NBC Sports Network
Opponent's Blog: Winging It In Motown
SBN's Red Wings vs Blue Jackets coverage

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.

Projected Lineups

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
Sergei Bobrovsky
Curtis McElhinney

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
Jimmy Howard
Petr Mrazek

Season Series

10/15/13 - Columbus 1 at Detroit 2
03/11/14 - Detroit 1 at Columbus 4
03/25/14 - Detroit at Columbus

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 IslandersL 2-0
5-3-2 Last 10 5-4-1