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NHL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 2/21/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



COLUMBUS (4-10-0-2, 10 pts.) at DETROIT (7-6-0-3, 17 pts.)
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Thursday, 2/21/2013 7:35 PM
Board OpeningLatest
65COLUMBUS+160Ov 5.5,-105+155Ov 5.5,-105
66DETROIT-185Un 5.5,-115-175Un 5.5,-115
COLUMBUS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games4-12-0-6.84-12-6.87-
Team Stats (Road Games)1-6-0-4.51-6-4.52-51.723.73.430.9
Last 5 Games1-4-0-2.51-4-2.52-32.627.23.025.4
vs. Division2-3-0-0.42-3-0.42-22.628.03.031.8
COLUMBUS Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)1636101213114308.4%69913.0%64
Team Stats (Road Games)712443111667.2%2528.0%20
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)513436001369.6%2129.5%24
Team Stats (vs. Division)513354111409.3%21523.8%22
Stats Against (All Games) 511812192446810.9%651218.5%92
Stats Against (Road Games) 24113100121611.1%26623.1%44
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 156270212711.8%22522.7%25
Stats Against (vs. Division) 15734121599.4%22313.6%26
COLUMBUS - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
SERGIE BOBROVSKY (All Games)9923421089.7%12-7-4.62-7-0-42-6
SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Road Games)4411310290.3%11-3-1.51-3-0-10-4
SERGIE BOBROVSKY (vs. Division)33877990.8%01-2-0.51-2-001-1
SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Last 4 Games)44948388.3%00-4-4.20-4-0-41-3
STEVE MASON (All Games)8723120890.0%02-5-2.22-5-0-25-2
STEVE MASON (Road Games)331029088.2%00-3-30-3-0-32-1
STEVE MASON (vs. Division)32716693.0%01-1+0.11-1-001-1
STEVE MASON (Last 4 Games)4412611490.5%02-2+0.82-2-0+14-0
CURTIS MCELHINNEY (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
CURTIS MCELHINNEY (Road Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
CURTIS MCELHINNEY (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
ALLEN YORK (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
ALLEN YORK (Road Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
ALLEN YORK (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0

DETROIT - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games7-9-0-2.87-9-2.89-52.729.23.029.1
Team Stats (Home Games)5-4-0-0.15-4-0.14-42.928.72.829.6
Last 5 Games1-4-0-3.31-4-3.33-02.627.43.631.6
vs. Division3-5-0-1.83-5-1.87-12.928.43.428.4
DETROIT Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)1643111615124679.2%741013.5%75
Team Stats (Home Games)92661190125810.1%461021.7%47
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)513643001379.5%17211.8%22
Team Stats (vs. Division)8238591222710.1%3725.4%38
Stats Against (All Games) 481319133146610.3%711723.9%78
Stats Against (Home Games) 257107112669.4%42716.7%40
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 184752115811.4%17211.8%24
Stats Against (vs. Division) 279963022711.9%351337.1%47
DETROIT - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
JONAS GUSTAVSSON (All Games)20262388.5%00-000-0-000-0
JONAS GUSTAVSSON (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
JONAS GUSTAVSSON (vs. Division)20262388.5%00-000-0-000-0
JONAS GUSTAVSSON (Last 4 Games)20262388.5%00-000-0-000-0
JIMMY HOWARD (All Games)141438834889.7%06-8-3.46-8-0-38-5
JIMMY HOWARD (Home Games)9926524190.9%05-4-0.15-4-004-4
JIMMY HOWARD (vs. Division)7717415186.8%02-5-3.62-5-0-36-1
JIMMY HOWARD (Last 4 Games)4411510389.6%01-3-2.31-3-0-23-0
PETR MRAZEK (All Games)22514792.2%01-1+0.71-1-0+11-0
PETR MRAZEK (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
PETR MRAZEK (vs. Division)11272696.3%01-0+1.71-0-0+21-0
PETR MRAZEK (Last 4 Games)22514792.2%01-1+0.71-1-0+11-0
Average power rating of opponents played: COLUMBUS 3.22,  DETROIT 3.11
COLUMBUS - Schedule
1/26/2013CHICAGO2-3L0, +145L5.5 ovU
1/28/2013DALLAS2-1W0, +100W5.5 unU
1/29/2013at MINNESOTA2-3L0, +170L5.5 unU
1/31/2013ST LOUIS1-4L0, +170L5 ovP
2/2/2013DETROIT4-2W0, +115W5.5 unO
2/5/2013LOS ANGELES2-4L0, +140L5.5 unO
2/7/2013CALGARY3-4L0, +100L5.5 unO
2/10/2013EDMONTON1-3L0, -115L5.5 unU
2/11/2013SAN JOSE6-2W0, +165W5.5 unO
2/15/2013at LOS ANGELES1-2L0, +155L5 ovU
2/16/2013at PHOENIX3-5L0, +190L5 ovO
2/18/2013at ANAHEIM2-3L0, +170L5.5 unU
2/21/2013at DETROIT 
2/23/2013at ST LOUIS 
2/24/2013at CHICAGO 
3/1/2013at CHICAGO 

DETROIT - Schedule
1/25/2013MINNESOTA5-3W0, -120W5 ovO
1/27/2013at CHICAGO1-2L0, +125L5.5 ovU
1/29/2013DALLAS4-1W0, -165W5.5 unU
2/1/2013ST LOUIS5-3W0, -105W5.5 unO
2/2/2013at COLUMBUS2-4L0, -135L5.5 unO
2/5/2013CALGARY1-4L0, -150L5.5 unU
2/7/2013at ST LOUIS5-1W0, +170W5.5 unO
2/9/2013EDMONTON2-1W0, -170W5.5 unU
2/10/2013LOS ANGELES3-2W0, +100W5 ovP
2/13/2013ST LOUIS3-4L0, -120L5.5 unO
2/15/2013ANAHEIM2-5L0, -110L5.5 unO
2/17/2013at MINNESOTA2-3L0, +125L5 ovP
2/19/2013at NASHVILLE3-4L0, +100L5 unO
2/27/2013at LOS ANGELES 
2/28/2013at SAN JOSE 

LAST SEASON: 29-46-7, 65 points. Missed playoffs by finishing last in the Western Conference.

COACH: Todd Richards, 2nd season with Blue Jackets, interim head coach last year, 18-21-2; 4th overall, 95-92-18 in NHL.

ADDED: RW Brandon Dubinsky, GT Sergei Bobrovsky, LW Nick Foligno, C Artem Anisimov, D Adrian Aucoin, D Tim Erixon.

LOST: RW Rick Nash; C Samuel Pahlsson; D Marc Methot; D Grant Clitsome; GT Curtis Sanford; D Brett Lebda.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Bobrovsky. Acquired in trade with Philadelphia, he'll likely either take over the starting job or push Steve Mason, who won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year in the Blue Jackets' only playoff year in 2009 but has struggled in the past three seasons.

OUTLOOK: Coming off the worst record in the league, and with captain and lone offensive star Nash asking for a trade, the Blue Jackets transformed their roster by dealing him to the New York Rangers along with a minor-league defenseman and a third-round pick for Dubinsky, Anisimov, Erixon and a first-round pick. With three first-rounders this summer, new team president John Davidson is building for the future. These 48 games are hoped to be a first step back toward respectability.


LAST SEASON: 48-28-6, 102 points. Lost to Nashville 4-1 in first round.

COACH: Mike Babcock, 8th season with Red Wings, 352-154-68; 10th overall, 421-216-19 in NHL.

ADDED: RW Damien Brunner, RW Mikael Samuelsson, RW Jordin Tootoo, G Jonas Gustavsson, D Carlo Colaiacovo.

LOST: D Nicklas Lidstrom, D Brad Stuart, LW Jiri Hudler, LW Tomas Holmstrom.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Brunner. The 26-year-old rookie led the Swiss league with 60 points last season. He might get a lot of chances to produce on a line with Henrik Zetterberg, a teammate overseas during the lockout, and Pavel Datsyuk.

OUTLOOK: Without Lidstrom and Stuart on the blue line, extending the franchise's postseason streak to 22 will be quite a challenge. The Red Wings, though, have a shot to be better offensively and in net with a series of subtle moves after failing to make a splash in the summer when free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter turned down their offers to play together in Minnesota.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (COLUMBUS-DETROIT) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Blue Jackets-Red Wings Preview* ================================


Columbus (4-10-2) at Detroit (7-6-3), 7:30 p.m. EDT

Mired in their longest losing streak of the season, the Detroit Red Wings are forced to deal with another injury to a key player.

Even short-handed, Detroit should have a good chance to continue its home dominance of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

With the status of goaltender Jimmy Howard uncertain, the Red Wings look to avoid a fifth straight defeat and keep the league-worst Blue Jackets winless on their road trip Thursday night.

Howard left Tuesday's 4-3 overtime loss at Nashville with blurred vision after allowing two goals on seven shots in 11:22 of ice time. He is 6-5-2 with a 3.08 goals-against average and has started all but two of Detroit's games.

"He got hit in practice I guess, and I didn't know about that," coach Mike Babcock told the Red Wings' official website. "He wasn't seeing good, or something like that. I was watching the game and someone told me."

With Howard's status in question, offseason acquisition Jonas Gustavsson could make his first start for the Red Wings (7-6-3) and first career appearance in Detroit. Gustavsson had missed a month with a groin injury before playing his second game of the season Tuesday, yielding two goals on 18 shots.

Stuck in an 0-2-2 slump since winning three in a row, Detroit is already trying to get by with five players on injured reserve, including forwards Todd Bertuzzi (back) and Johan Franzen (hip) as well as defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo (collarbone).

It's also unclear if veteran Mikael Samuelsson, who has played only three games, will miss a second straight contest after he was hit in the hand by a puck during Tuesday's morning skate. Samuelsson missed 12 games with a groin injury before returning for Sunday's 3-2 loss at Minnesota.

"I don't know if it's serious or not serious," Babcock said. "We'd like to have him play. But there's nothing you can do about that. Injuries are part of the game, you have to find a way to win games."

Though the Red Wings have dropped their last two home games, they have won three straight over Columbus at Joe Louis Arena and are 29-5-2 at home during the regular season and playoffs against the Blue Jackets.

Pavel Datsyuk, who has six points in his last four games versus Columbus, has a chance to match a career high with a goal in his sixth straight contest.

The Blue Jackets (4-10-2) have earned three points in two home games against Detroit this season, but they've dropped six consecutive road games since a season-opening 3-2 shootout win at Nashville.

They're 1 for 23 on the power play during that road skid and scoreless with the man advantage halfway through the current six-game trip.

Columbus has allowed four power-play goals in those three defeats, including two in Monday's 3-2 loss at Anaheim. Vinny Prospal scored on one of his team's 12 first-period shots, but the Blue Jackets mustered just 15 over the final 40 minutes.

"We have to find ways to win games," coach Todd Richards told Columbus' official website. "Wherever it is, whether it's scoring more goals or keeping pucks out of our net, we have to make plays."

Prospal has done his part, posting three goals and two assists in the last six games. He has no goals in his last seven trips to Detroit.

Finnish-born Jarmo Kekalainen, who became the first European general manager in the NHL when Columbus hired him to replace Scott Howson last week, is expected to meet his team for the first time in Detroit.

Last Updated: 4/19/2018 11:49:56 PM EST

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