Morning Skate: Columbus Blue Jackets @ Detroit Red Wings- Preview, How to Watch
Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
Place: Little Caesars Arena – Detroit, MI
TV: FSD, NBCSN
Radio: 97.1 FM Das Ticket // 1270 p.m.
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Two games less, two very different performances that lead to two different results for the Red Wings. After a shaky start, where the Wings kept it tight on the result but never really looked like a threat to Carolina, they flipped it and at times brought the game to the Hurricanes on their way to a 4-2 win, their first of the 2020-21 campaign. You need to keep that drive and energy going in a rare weekday matinee against a normally well-organized, itchy, and difficult Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Jackets are trying to recover from a difficult opening set as they put their first two games of the season against the Nashville Predators. The normally strong defensive team dropped eight goals in their two games against Nashville (one in an empty net), five of them in the final game.
Offensively, they had no problem getting puck into the net, as they have averaged 37 shots per game so far, but they only have three goals to show (the Wings, conversely, have four goals while they average only 17 shots per game and knocked out once will ). While Carolina used her standout blue line to bring the puck forward from the Red Wings, and the skills of her talented strikers to keep it moving to generate shots, Columbus will likely try her strength and tenacity beforehand used to work on pucks in the net and collapse on the goalkeeper.
Defensively, they rely heavily on their top pairing of Seth Jones and Zach Werenski (did you know he and Dylan Larkin are good friends, went to UofM together and that Zach is originally from Grosse Pointe) for many minutes in any situation Expect to see them LOT on the ice.
On the net they have a young duo in Joonas Korpisalo and Elvis Merzlikins, who both saved over 0.910 percent last season in order to split the net tariffs after the departure of Sergei Bobrovsky. Korpisalo looked stable at the start of the season, stopping 34 of the 36 shots he faced, but Merzlikins got a bit of a light in game two, scooping five goals out of thirty-eight shots.
Since the game starts at noon, there won’t be a separate update article. Here are the planned lineups and a few keys for the Red Wings to take their second win of the season.
Without a morning kate, these are based on each team’s last line of play. We’ll update them as soon as the teams announce the line-up later or this morning.
|Tyler Bertuzzi||Dylan Larkin||Anthony Mantha|
|Bobby Ryan||Robby Fabbri||Filip Zadina|
|Vladislav Namestnikov||Valteri Filppula||Sam Win|
|Mathias Brome||Luke Glendening||Adam Erne|
|Patrick Nemeth||Filip Hronek|
|Danny DeKeyser||John Merrill|
|Mark Steel||Troy engraver|
|Mikhail Grigorenko||Pierre-Luc Dubois||Oliver Bjorkstrand|
|Nick Foligno||Max Domi||Cam Atkinson|
|Boone Jenner||Alexandre Texier||Emil Bemstrom|
|Liam Foudy||Riley Nash||Eric Robinson|
|Zach Werenski||Seth Jones|
|Vladislav Gavrikov||David Savard|
|Michael Del Zotto||Dean Kukan ||
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I know Jeff Blashill prefers the team to play a low event style to fill the talent gap that the Red Wings will face in most games. However, this is not necessarily one of those games. In contrast to Carolina, Columbus does not step on the much more talented team on the ice. This is a team that is probably still above Detroit’s weight class, but not so far ahead of the wings in terms of talent that Detroit has to play a near-perfect game to get a shot at victory. Especially at a questionable speed on the blue line of the jackets behind Jones / Werenski and a team fighting offensively, the wings have to look to get at least 30 shots in the net.
Clear the front
Columbus’ strikers like to play physically and use this to wear down their opponent and free up space in front of the net. We saw what happens when the wings are pushed around early on the opening night and we saw what happens on Saturday when the wings are the ones to slide.