|3||COLUMBUS||+170||Ov 5.5,+120||+160||Ov 5,-140|
|4||DETROIT||-200||Un 5.5,-140||-185||Un 5,+120|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||2-9-0||-6||2-9||-6||3-8||1.7||23.6||3.0||30.1|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+3.8||4-1||+3.8||2-3||2.8||29.0||1.8||29.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||25||58||16||19||19||4||2||667||8.7%||101||14||13.9%||100|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||11||19||6||6||6||1||1||260||7.3%||38||3||7.9%||31|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||14||5||4||2||3||1||145||9.7%||19||4||21.1%||23|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||10||23||6||9||7||1||1||258||8.9%||40||7||17.5%||37|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||70||25||19||22||4||4||735||9.5%||86||12||14.0%||125|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||33||15||6||11||1||1||331||10.0%||37||6||16.2%||57|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||9||3||4||1||1||0||148||6.1%||11||0||0.0%||15|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||24||11||6||5||2||2||304||7.9%||36||3||8.3%||39|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (All Games)||16||15||431||396||91.9%||2||6-9||-1.5||6-9-0||-1||3-11|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Road Games)||6||6||166||151||91.0%||1||2-4||-1||2-4-0||-1||0-6|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (vs. Division)||6||6||170||158||92.9%||1||3-3||+1||3-3-0||+2||1-4|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Last 4 Games)||4||3||105||103||98.1%||1||3-0||+3.7||3-0-0||+3||0-3|
|STEVE MASON (All Games)||11||10||301||270||89.7%||1||3-7||-3.2||3-7-0||-3||7-3|
|STEVE MASON (Road Games)||5||5||164||147||89.6%||1||0-5||-5||0-5-0||-5||3-2|
|STEVE MASON (vs. Division)||5||4||133||123||92.5%||1||1-3||-1.8||1-3-0||-2||2-2|
|STEVE MASON (Last 4 Games)||4||4||104||92||88.5%||1||1-3||-2||1-3-0||-2||3-1|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ALLEN YORK (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ALLEN YORK (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ALLEN YORK (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||9-6-0||+1.5||9-6||+1.5||5-9||3.1||29.1||2.3||29.1|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1.3||3-2||+1.3||0-5||1.6||31.6||1.4||28.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||25||66||17||25||22||2||4||743||8.9%||98||14||14.3%||111|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||15||46||11||20||15||0||2||437||10.5%||62||14||22.6%||81|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||8||0||4||3||1||2||158||5.1%||10||0||0.0%||13|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||12||30||11||7||11||1||2||347||8.6%||48||3||6.2%||49|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||63||18||21||20||4||2||715||8.8%||95||21||22.1%||99|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||34||11||10||11||2||2||436||7.8%||54||9||16.7%||51|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||7||1||2||3||1||1||142||4.9%||12||2||16.7%||9|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||35||11||11||9||4||1||341||10.3%||50||16||32.0%||57|
|JONAS GUSTAVSSON (All Games)||4||2||76||69||90.8%||1||1-1||+0.4||1-1-0||+1||0-2|
|JONAS GUSTAVSSON (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JONAS GUSTAVSSON (vs. Division)||3||1||50||44||88.0%||1||0-1||-1.2||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|JONAS GUSTAVSSON (Last 4 Games)||4||2||76||69||90.8%||1||1-1||+0.4||1-1-0||+1||0-2|
|JIMMY HOWARD (All Games)||21||21||587||537||91.5%||2||10-11||-2.9||10-11-0||-3||9-11|
|JIMMY HOWARD (Home Games)||15||15||435||403||92.6%||2||9-6||+1.5||9-6-0||+1||5-9|
|JIMMY HOWARD (vs. Division)||10||10||264||237||89.8%||1||3-7||-5.3||3-7-0||-5||6-4|
|JIMMY HOWARD (Last 4 Games)||4||4||121||117||96.7%||1||2-2||0||2-2-0||0||0-4|
|PETR MRAZEK (All Games)||2||2||51||47||92.2%||0||1-1||+0.7||1-1-0||+1||1-0|
|PETR MRAZEK (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|PETR MRAZEK (vs. Division)||1||1||27||26||96.3%||0||1-0||+1.7||1-0-0||+2||1-0|
|PETR MRAZEK (Last 4 Games)||2||2||51||47||92.2%||0||1-1||+0.7||1-1-0||+1||1-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: COLUMBUS 3.24, DETROIT 3.2|
|2/11/2013||SAN JOSE||6-2||W||0, +165||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/15/2013||at LOS ANGELES||1-2||L||0, +155||L||5 ov||U|
|2/16/2013||at PHOENIX||3-5||L||0, +190||L||5 ov||O|
|2/18/2013||at ANAHEIM||2-3||L||0, +170||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/21/2013||at DETROIT||3-2||W||0, +150||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/23/2013||at ST LOUIS||1-2||L||0, +190||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/24/2013||at CHICAGO||0-1||L||0, +245||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/26/2013||DALLAS||4-5||L||0, +100||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/1/2013||at CHICAGO||3-4||L||0, +230||L||5 ov||O|
|3/3/2013||COLORADO||2-1||W||0, +125||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/5/2013||EDMONTON||4-3||W||0, +105||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/7/2013||VANCOUVER||2-1||W||0, +140||W||5 ov||U|
|3/9/2013||DETROIT||3-0||W||0, +105||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/10/2013||at DETROIT|| |
|2/13/2013||ST LOUIS||3-4||L||0, -120||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/15/2013||ANAHEIM||2-5||L||0, -110||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/17/2013||at MINNESOTA||2-3||L||0, +125||L||5 ov||P|
|2/19/2013||at NASHVILLE||3-4||L||0, +100||L||5 un||O|
|2/21/2013||COLUMBUS||2-3||L||0, -170||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/23/2013||NASHVILLE||4-0||W||0, -125||W||5 un||U|
|2/24/2013||VANCOUVER||8-3||W||0, +130||W||5 ov||O|
|2/27/2013||at LOS ANGELES||1-2||L||0, +130||L||5 ov||U|
|2/28/2013||at SAN JOSE||2-1||W||0, +160||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/3/2013||CHICAGO||1-2||L||0, -105||L||5 ov||U|
|3/5/2013||COLORADO||2-1||W||0, -170||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/7/2013||EDMONTON||3-0||W||0, -155||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/9/2013||at COLUMBUS||0-3||L||0, -125||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/13/2013||at CALGARY|| |
|3/15/2013||at EDMONTON|| |
|3/16/2013||at VANCOUVER|| |
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* ================================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Columbus (8-12-4) at Detroit (12-8-4), 5:00 p.m. EDT
In an anything-can-happen lockout-shortened season, even the Columbus Blue Jackets are thinking about a possible postseason appearance.
After earning their first season-series victory over the Detroit Red Wings in franchise history, visiting Columbus seeks a fifth consecutive win in the conclusion of a home-and-home set Sunday night.
Not much was expected in 2013 from a Columbus team that has made just one playoff appearance in its 11-season existence and traded disgruntled franchise cornerstone Rick Nash to the New York Rangers prior to the lockout.
After earning just 12 points in their first 19 games, the Blue Jackets (9-12-4) have won four straight and earned points in each of their last six after Saturday's 3-0 win over Detroit.
Given the bunched-up Western Conference standings, a playoff appearance certainly is attainable if coach Todd Richards' team can stay hot through the second half of the season.
"You can sense it in the locker room," Richards said. "Guys are sitting up taller in their stalls, their heads are high, and they should be. To win four in a row and have six (straight) games getting points, that's not easy to do at this level.
"But we still have a long way to go."
Columbus, which received goals from Cam Atkinson, Nick Foligno and Jack Johnson on Saturday, improved to 3-0-1 versus Detroit this season and is on the verge of its first five-game winning streak since Nov. 17-24, 2010.
"We've played them four times and found a way to get points in every game," Richards said. "It's very satisfying in how we played, but we're going to have to move on really quickly, too. It's tough to win back-to-back games."
The Blue Jackets are just 1-4-0 in the second half of such situations, and Richards doesn't expect things to get any easier in Sunday's rematch.
"We're playing in their building and they're going to be a very motivated group," Richards said. "They've probably seen our best in all of these games."
The Red Wings (12-9-4) had gone 5-1-1 in their previous seven before Saturday's defeat and had allowed more than two goals only once during that stretch.
Coach Mike Babcock hopes his team is more prepared Sunday after being shut out for the first time since a season-opening 6-0 loss at St. Louis on Jan. 19.
"Was that mental prep? Maybe the coach wasn't getting his message across? Did we practice too hard yesterday?" Babcock said. "I don't know a lot of the answers, but the bottom line is we weren't mentally prepared to play hard enough and long enough to have success."
Detroit was doomed by turnovers, which Pavel Datsyuk said need to be minimized in this contest.
"All their three goals were kind of gifts," Datsyuk said. "They really capitalized on it. Sometimes you make mistakes but today we did a little too many."
Jimmy Howard will be back in net after Jonas Gustavsson made 21 saves Saturday. Howard is 4-1-1 with a 1.15 goals-against average over his last six starts, but he's 1-2-0 with a 3.25 GAA this season versus Columbus.
Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves for his first career shutout Saturday, and Steve Mason, who stopped 32 shots in a 4-2 win over the Red Wings on Feb. 2, could be in net to conclude this home-and-home set.
Blue Jackets center Artem Anisimov - second on the team with six goals - was a late scratch with a lower-body injury Saturday, and Richards said he won't make the trip to Detroit.
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 6:37:27 AM EST|