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Game #42 Preview/Gamethread: Last place Blue Jackets stumble into Motown

The Red Wings have owned the Blue Jackets this season and Columbus has struggled mightily on the road.

Columbus Blue Jackets v Detroit Red Wings Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images

Saturday, January 14, 2023 7:00PM ET
Little Caesars Arena - Detroit, Michigan
TV: Bally Sports Ohio - Radio: 105.7 FM
Opponent’s Blog: Winging It In Motown

Columbus Blue Jackets (12-27-2, 26 points, 8th Metropolitan, 16th East)

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Detroit Red Wings (18-15-7, 43 points, 4th Atlantic, 10th East)

It’s hard to be optimistic these days. The Red Wings won the last two meetings between these two teams by a combined seven goals. To make matters worse, the Jackets have only 2 wins out of 17 road tries this season. However, there is a possibility a few old faces could reinforce the Jackets tonight.

The first game of the second half of the season finds the Blue Jackets in last place in the NHL. Stop the count!

Player(s) to Watch

Johnny Gaudreau & Dylan Larkin

While Detroit has certainly had more success than Columbus this season, and therefore more players have more points comparatively, tonight’s matchup is largely the Gaudreau and Larkin show. Both players lead their team in goals, assists, and points.

Larkin loves to play the Blue Jackets. In 24 career games, he has 6-17-23 against Columbus. But Gaudreau has had even more success against Detroit in his career. He’s 5-15-20 in 15 games.

Jackets Notes

Jenner and Robinson both returned to practice on Friday. It’s unclear if either of them will suit up tonight. As a result, the lineup is a total guess.

Merzlikins also returned to practice on Friday … Fix-Wolansky and Greaves were both sent back to Cleveland.

The Other Bench

The Red Wings may only be 5-4-1 in their last 10, but they are coming off of two impressive wins, beating both the Jets and Maples Leafs by a combined score of 11-6. While they likely aren’t a playoff team this season, they have been showing progress season-to-season since bottoming out in 2019-20. They are on pace to break .500 for the first time since the 2015-16 season.

Season Series

11/19/22 - DET 6 @ CBJ 1
12/4/22 - DET 4 @ CBJ 2
1/14/23 - CBJ @ DET

Stats

Detroit Columbus
3.10 (20) GPG 2.54 (30)
3.33 (20) GAPG 3.98 (31)
20.6% (21) PP% 15.4% (31)
75.6% (20) PK% 75.7% (19)
46.0% (27) 5v5 Shot Attempt % 45.3% (29)
46.5% (27) 5v5 Unblocked shot attempt % 45.1% (29)
9.0% (6) 5v5 Shooting % 7.7% (27)
.915 (19) 5v5 Save % .903 (30)
Dylan Larkin, 14 G Leader Johnny Gaudreau, 12
Dylan Larkin, 23 A Leader Johnny Gaudreau, 27
Dylan Larkin, 37 P Leader Johnny Gaudreau, 39
Ben Chiarot, 33 PIM Leader Mathieu Olivier, 49
11-8-3 Home / Road 2-14-1
5-4-1 Last 10 2-8-0

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
Eric Robinson Sean Kuraly Mathieu Olivier
Gus Nyquist Jack Roslovic Patrik Laine
Emil Bemstrom Kent Johnson Johnny Gaudreau
Kirill Marchenko Cole Sillinger Liam Foudy
Tim Berni Erik Gudbranson
Vladislav Gavrikov Andrew Peeke
Gavin Bayreuther Marcus Bjork
Elvis Merzlikins
Joonas Korpisalo
Detroit Red Wings
Tyler Bertuzzi Dylan Larkin Lucas Raymond
David Perron Michael Rasmussen Dominik Kubalik
Robby Fabbri Andrew Copp Jonatan Berggren
Adam Erne Joe Veleno Oskar Sundqvist
Moritz Seider Jake Walman
Filip Hronek Ben Chiarot
Olli Maatta Jordan Oesterle
Ville Husso
Magnus Hellberg