Monday, January 18 - 12:00 EST
Little Caesars Arena - Detroit, Michigan
TV: NBCSN; Radio: 97.1 FM
Opponent’s Blog: Winging it in Motown
I’m just really glad hockey is back. With that said, I do want victories and I want them now! Columbus’ next opportunity for one comes this afternoon in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee at the Detroit Red Wings from Little Caesars Arena. The two clubs will also play tomorrow night to conclude the quick two-game mini series.
Player to Watch
It’s well-documented — by me alone — how much Cam Atkinson struggled last year with goal-scoring droughts and inconsistencies offensively, while also dealing with injuries. So with the off-season talks about the team wanting to open things up offensively, coupled with guys like Gustav Nyquist out, it’s paramount for the top-dogs to kick it into high-gear right now.
I know it’s tough without the preseason and minimized training camp this year, but even tam is dealing with that.
Today’s game with the Red Wings starts the first true back-to-back for Columbus as they’ll also face the Wings tomorrow night from the pizza box in Detroit. ... Columbus enters today’s matchup 39-43-1-12 versus Detroit all-time. ... An interesting note from Jeff Svoboda, since March 17, 2011, the Jackets are 21-4-2 versus Detroit and 11-1-0 since 2016-17. ... I’m ready to see the young guys get chances and the Blue Jackets to throw caution to the wind. I mean really, what do they have to lose in a shortened season but to see what they have in guys like Liam Foudy, Emil Bemstrom, and so many others. ... Through two games, the Jackets offense is not particularly good. The power play is a big fat zero out of four chances. ... Mikko Koivu remains on the Covid-protocols list.
The Other Bench
In his second full season as General Manager of the Red Wings, Steve Yzerman is officially putting his prints over the team he captained, won three Stanley Cups with, and who’s winged wheel he went into the Hall of Fame with. Now, he’s looking to set the Wings back towards the glory years he enjoyed that success with as a player. Coming off a season that brought back memories of the “Dead Wings” moniker, last year’s team finished with the worst overall record (17-49-5) in the shortened year.
With that said, while I don’t expect the Wings to be a playoff team yet, I like some of the moves they made over this past off-season. Newcomers include heralded veterans like Bobby Ryan, last season’s Bill Masterton Trophy winner for comeback player of the year and comes on a bargain deal for one-year, $1 million. They also bring in defensemen Marc Staal, a veteran who spent his first 13 seasons with the New York Rangers, former Blue Jacket Sam Gagner is in his first full season with the club after a trade from the Edmonton Oilers last year, and netminder Thomas Greiss joins the club on a two-year deal, a guy the Jackets had to deal with quite a bit in recent years with the New York Islanders. ... Greiss has played more games (22 — 10-8-3, 2.78 GAA, .908 SV%) versus Columbus than any other team. ... They also brought in Vladislav Namestnikov on a two-year, $4 million deal. ... Detroit is 1-1-0 on the season after splitting their first two games against the Carolin Hurricanes; they won 4-2 on Saturday.
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|2.00 (23)||GPG||1.50 (28)|
|2.50 (11)||GAPG||4.00 (23)|
|0.0% (22)||PP%||0.0% (22)|
|75.0% (16)||PK%||100.0% (1)|
|36.7% (30)||5v5 Shot Attempt %||50.7% (12)|
|36.8% (30)||5v5 Unblocked shot attempt %||50.7% (14)|
|10.3 (9)||5v5 Shot %||5.0 (26)|
|.967 (4)||5v5 Save %||.865 (27)|
|Dylan Larkin, 2||G Leader||Nick Foligno, Boone Jenner, Alexandre Texier, 1|
|Filip Zadina, 2||A Leader||Michael Del Zotto, 2|
|Dylan Larkin, Filip Zadina 2||P Leader||Michael Del Zotto, Alexandre Texier, 2|
|Sam Gagner, 5||PIM Leader||Oliver Bjorkstrand, Alexandre Texier, 4|
|1-1-0||Home / Road||0-2-0|
|Mikhail Grigorenko||Pierre-Luc Dubois||Oliver Bjorkstrand|
|Boone Jenner||Max Domi||Cam Atkinson|
|Nick Foligno||Alexandre Texier||Liam Foudy|
|Eric Robinson||Riley Nash||Emil Bemstrom|
|Zach Werenski||Seth Jones|
|Vladislav Gavrikov||David Savard|
|Michael Del Zotto||Dean Kukan|
|Tyler Bertuzzi||Dylan Larkin||Anthony Mantha|
|Filip Zadina||Robby Fabbri||Bobby Ryan|
|Vladislav Namestnikov||Valtteri Filppula||Sam Gagner|
|Mathias Brome||Luke Glendening||Adam Erne|
|Patrik Nemeth||Filip Hronek|
|Dan Dekeyser||Jon Merrill|
|Marc Staal||Troy Stecher|
To continue with today’s pizza theme, this is for Ryan.