Both Detroit goallie Jimmy Howard and Columbus netminder Sergei Bobrovsky earned shutouts on Tuesday night, but Bobrovsky’s Blue Jackets came away the winners as the Red Wings fell in the shootout.
Howard stopped all 29 shots he faced through regulation and overtime. Bobrovsky was perfect on thirty Detroit chances prior to the shootout.
Looking to shake their shootout bad luck, the Red Wings opted to have Columbus go first in the tiebreaker, and the gambit paid off in the first round with Howard stopping Cam Atkinson and Pavel Datsyuk beating his countryman Bobrovsky.
Ryan Johansen beat Howard in the second round while Gustav Nyquist rang a shot off the crossbar.
Boone Jenner put the Blue Jackets in the lead and Henrik Zetterberg never really got a shot off, giving Columbus the win.
The Red Wings are now 1-6 on the season in the shootout, with their only win coming against the hapless New Jersey Devils.
Detroit is back in action on Friday when they host the New York Islanders.
The Red Wings were without forward Johan Franzen
(illness)… Justin Abdelkader
and Danny DeKeyser
returned from injury for Detroit… Brian Lashoff
and Jakub Kindl
were healthy scratches.
Looking to stop a three-game skid, the Detroit Red Wings host the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight. Columbus is on a tear, having won their last six games.
Detroit will see several lineup changes, as Justin Abdelkader and Danny DeKeyser return from injury but Johan Franzen sits due to illness. Xavier Ouellet remains with the club with forward Stephen Weiss placed on injured reserve to keep a roster spot open for him. Jakub Kindl and Brian Lashoff will be the healthy scratches.
Jimmy Howard gets the start in net for the Red Wings.
Stupid stat of the day: The Red Wings have only won two games on the road on December 16 since the Great Expansion. Thankfully, they’re at home tonight.
Game time is 7:30 PM on FSD.