Blue Jackets hit the Motor City Trying to Shake Slump

Here’s what you need to know.

Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 7:00 EST
Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan
Radio: WBNS FM - TV: Fox Sports Ohio
Opponent’s Blog: Winging It In Motown

Columbus Blue Jackets, 9-7-1, 19 points, 3rd Metro, T5th East


Detroit Red Wings, 8-8-1, 17 points, 4th Atlantic, 11th East

Season Series

11/11/2017 CBJ @ DET
03/09/2018 DET @ CBJ
04/03/2018 DET @ CBJ


Detroit Red Wings Columbus Blue Jackets
2.71 (21) GPG 3.06 (14)
2.88 (T14) GAPG 2.82 (12)
18.9% (16) PP% 10% (31)
84.1% (7) PK% 80.4% (16)
49.80% (15) EV Corsi % 53.13% (5)
99.9 (19) EV PDO 101 (13)
Anthony Mantha, 8 G Leader Josh Anderson, 6
Dylan Larkin, Mike Green 13 A Leader Artemi Panarin, 10
Anthony Mantha, 16 P Leader Artemi Panarin, Seth Jones, 12
Justin Abdelkader, 22 PIM Leader Zac Dalpe, 13
2-2-1 Home / Road 4-3-1
4-5-1 Last 10 4-5-1

Projected Lineups

Artemi Panarin Alexander Wennberg Cam Atkinson
Boone Jenner Brandon Dubinsky Oliver Bjorkstrand
Pierre-Luc Dubois Nick Foligno Josh Anderson
Sonny Milano Tyler Motte Gabriel Carlsson
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Jack Johnson David Savard
Ryan Murray Markus Nutivaara
Sergei Bobrovsky
Joonas Korpisalo
Anthony Mantha Henrik Zetterberg Gustav Nyquist
Tomas Tatar Dylan Larkin Andreas Athanasiou
Scot Wilson Frans Nielsen Darren Helm
Martin Frk Luke Glendening Luke Witkowski
Jonathan Ericsson Trevor Daley
Xavier Ouellet Mike Green
Niklas Kronwall Nick Jensen
Jimmy Howard
Petr Mrazek

Sizing Up Old Foes

The Columbus Blue Jackets head to Detroit to check out the new digs, Little Caesars Arena. As Columbus hits the road for two, the Red Wings return home for the first time since Halloween, kicking off a five-game homestand Saturday night between old rivals.

Jeff Blashill’s team is decent on the road at 6-6-0 but know they need to be better at home where 2-2-1 won't cut it. Meanwhile, Columbus needs to right the ship, as they stumble in winless in their last four.

After a slogfest Friday night against the Hurricanes, in which Carolina got some bounces, but was ultimately faster and more alert than Columbus, John Tortorella called for an 11 am meeting Saturday.

A mechanical issue, however, grounded the teams’ charter this morning.

What They Said

Quotes from Columbus Dispatch following last night’s loss:

“We’ve got to find a way to come out better. Our first (period) wasn’t very good. Most of the second, the same way,” said Brandon Dubinsky.

Dubinsky continued:

“We need to take a long look in the mirror at what type of team we are, how we’re successful and how we’re built. It’s not by trying to be fancy, making plays and trying to be run-and-gun. It’s  about getting pucks beneath the other team’s hash marks and winning battles. We’re not doing enough of that.”

“The third period was our best period,” coach John Tortorella said. “We (had) four or five really good opportunities with the right people with the puck on their sticks, and we don’t get it done. So no matter how bad  we were, we still had a chance to win it, and we just don’t find a way in the third.”

Better Starts

Columbus will also try to start off better, as they walked through a sleepy first period last night, and really didn’t show a spark until the third. The turnover battle was also lost and they will need to be better in the 50-50 battles.

The Jackets have outshot opponents 219-178 in the second period, and it's the exact opposite for Detroit, who have been outshot in that frame 219-178. Here’s the rest of the game notes.

Per Blashill, Justin Abdelkader is considered day-to-day with a fractured cheekbone and will see a specialist Monday.

Over the last five games between these two clubs in Detroit, the Jackets are 3-1-1, and Columbus had a 2-0 mark last season.

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