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Game #21 Preview: Let’s keep the hot streak going against the not-so-hot Red Wings

This should be a piece of cake, right?

NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Detroit Red Wings Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 7:00 EST
Nationwide Arena - Columbus, Ohio
TV: Fox Sports Ohio; Radio: 97.1 FM
Opponent’s Blog: Winging it in Mowtown

Detroit Red Wings (7-13-3, 17 points, 8th Atlantic, 16th East)


Columbus Blue Jackets (8-8-4, 20 points, 7th Metro, 14th East)

The Jackets are on a short but exciting win streak, having beat St. Louis in OT on Friday and sending Montreal home after a resounding 5-2 win on Tuesday. It seems logical that this momentum built against two top-of-the-their-respective-conference teams would carry into tonight’s game against the sluggish Red Wings, so let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Honestly, I would say that tonight would be a great chance to switch up lines and see what works, but seeing as that’s already been our strategy against the last two challenging teams, why would they fix what isn’t broken? In fact, they should just get weird with it. If Elvis Merzlikins isn’t going to play in goal, maybe we should throw him up top and see if he can score goals. Just kidding, kind of. In any case, tonight would be the team to try that against.

Player(s) to Watch:

Eric Robinson has been fun to watch lately. He played a strong game against Montreal, scoring right out of the gates to tee the Jackets up for a five-goal game. It’s been an interesting but welcome development that the young guys on the team are leading the scoring right now.

Speaking of young guys, a strong constant for the Jackets this season has been Pierre-Luc Dubois. His play has always been strong, but he’s really fell into leadership role that was less present last season. He has really been stepping up to the plate lately and that has been gratifying to witness.

Jackets Notes:

Foligno is back! Why did that suspension feel like it lasted three weeks instead of three games? A lot has happened since he last hit the ice. A lot of good things. Coincidence? Perhaps.

The Other Bench:

Detroit’s best offensive players right now are Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi. As first-line wingers, they have 22 and 20 points in 23 games each, respectively. However, that’s not going to help them if Jonathan Bernier/Jimmy Howard can’t keep pucks out of the net. But with the Blue Jackets, that’s tends to be somewhat of a toss-up depending on the day, so we’ll see.

Season Series:

11/21/2019 DET @ CBJ
12/7/2019 CBJ @ DET
2/7/2019 DET @ CBJ

Detroit Columbus
2.35 (31) GPG 2.50 (29)
3.70 (1) GAPG 3.20 (11)
15.1% (25) PP% 15.6% (24)
72.2% (30) PK% 77.6% (22)
48.46% (23) 5v5 Corsi % 48.56% (22)
49.45% (18) 5v5 Fenwick % 50.83% (12)
6.7 (30) 5v5 Shot % 6.8 (28)
.904 (27) 5v5 Save % .921 (13)
Anthony Mantha, 12 G Leader Pierre-Luc Dubois, 9
Tyler Bertuzzi, 12 A Leader Seth Jones, Gustav Nyquist, 9
Anthony Mantha, 22 P Leader Pierre-Luc Dubois, 15
Darren Helm, 21 PIM Leader Nick Foligno, 19
3-7-2 Home / Road 5-5-1
3-5-2 Last 10 3-5-2
Columbus Blue Jackets
Sonny Milano Pierre-Luc Dubois Emil Bemstrom
Alexandre Texier Riley Nash Cam Atkinson
Gustav Nyquist Boone Jenner Oliver BJORKSTRAND
Eric Robinson Alexander Wennberg Josh Anderson
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Ryan Murray David Savard
Vladislav Gavrikov Dean Kukan
Joonas Korpisalo
Elvis Merzlikins
Detroit Red Wings
Tyler Bertuzzi Dylan Larkin Anthony Mantha
Robby Fabbri Valtteri Filppula Andreas Athanasiou
Taro Hirose Frans Nielsen Brendan Perlini
Darren Helm Luke Glendening Adam Erne
Filip Hronek Mike Green
Jonathan Ericsson Madison Bowey
Dennis Cholowski Dylan McIlrath
Jonathan Bernier
Jimmy Howard