Game Thread: Blue Jackets at Red Wings – 1/21

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Columbus Blue Jackets at Detroit Red Wings
January 21, 2012 – 7:00 PM
TV: FS+

25 thoughts on “Game Thread: Blue Jackets at Red Wings – 1/21”

  1. You know those trap games I’m always talking about? The ones where I worry the Red Wings see an easy opponent and favorable conditions and start looking past them? Yeah, tonight’s game terrifies me.

    The Red Wings are riding a 15-game home winning streak and are battling for the top spot in the league (though they sit fourth in the Western Conference due to the Central Division being a monster this season). The Blue Jackets are a laughingstock that just signed Brett Lebda. Yet I can totally see Columbus pulling off the upset tonight.

    Half of Columbus’ lineup is out and they’re starting supposed backup Curtis Sanford. Aside from Patrick Eaves, the Red Wings are healthy and their only lineup change is to swap in Mike Commodore for Jakub Kindl. Jimmy Howard gets the start.

    Game time is 7:00 on FS+.

  2. You know those trap games I’m always talking about? The ones where I worry the Red Wings see an easy opponent and favorable conditions and start looking past them? Yeah, tonight’s game terrifies me.

    The Red Wings are riding a 15-game home winning streak and are battling for the top spot in the league (though they sit fourth in the Western Conference due to the Central Division being a monster this season). The Blue Jackets are a laughingstock that just signed Brett Lebda. Yet I can totally see Columbus pulling off the upset tonight.

    Half of Columbus’ lineup is out and they’re starting supposed backup Curtis Sanford. Aside from Patrick Eaves, the Red Wings are healthy and their only lineup change is to swap in Mike Commodore for Jakub Kindl. Jimmy Howard gets the start.

    Game time is 7:00 on FS+.

    Concur. I’m scared because I can see us blowing this one with overconfidence. Let’s see how the first period pans out.

  3. Even Babs said we didn’t have a lot of energy and the game was ugly. Come on guys!!!!! Pull your heads out of your collective ass!

  4. Big, big kill. Penalty was interesting. Cracking down on things along the endboards this season but that wasn’t much of a push.

  5. Short and sweet: It should not have taken the shootout for the Red Wings to beat the Blue Jackets tonight. Detroit is the best team in the league (or among them, depending on the time of day) and Columbus is the worst. Needing the gimmick to get the win is disappointing.

    That said… Valtteri Filppula’s shootout goal was fantastic and Jimmy Howard was a beast once again. Howard has now only allowed two goals on 14 shootout attempts against this season. Unreal.

    Ridiculous stat time… The Red Wings now have three consecutive 3-2 shootout wins. Six of their last eight games have been 3-2 OT/SO wins. Every OT/SO win this season has been 3-2. The only time Detroit has lost outside of regulation is also their only non 3-2 OT game, a 2-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild (which means the opposition has scored exactly two goals in every Wings overtime game this season).

    Only thing left to mention is Henrik Zetterberg’s upcoming suspension. I don’t know if he’ll get one or not. I fear he will because the NHL is trying to protect players going into the boards but I think that was a pretty innocent play. Ugly, but innocent. We’ll see.

  6. Weak first period. The guys look tired and need to snap out of it before they lose to the worst team in the league. I blame the first goal solely on Jimmy as he bobbled a puck he should have caught.

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