Blue Jackets look to end 5-game losing skid against visiting Detroit Red Wings tonight

MAR. 2, 2021 II vs. DETROIT RED WINGS II NATIONWIDE ARENA II 7 PM ET

CBJ BROADCAST INFORMATION

TV:  FOX Sports Ohio   Jeff Rimer (play-by-play), Jody Shelley (color analyst), Dave Maetzold (reporter)     

Radio:  97.1 FM             Bob McElligott (play-by-play), Dylan Tyrer (host)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

Record:  8-10-5, 21 pts.  (5th, Discover Central Division) 

Goals:  2.65 Goals-For/3.26 Goals-Against… Shots:  28.8 Shots-For/32.0 Shots-Against

Power Play:  17.2 percent (22nd, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  73.1 percent (26th, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  7.0 PIM (3rd, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  1-3-2 (1-2)

DETROIT RED WINGS

Record:  7-14-3, 17 pts. (7th, Discover Central Division)

Goals:  2.13 Goals-For/3.25 Goals-Against… Shots:  28.5 Shots-For/30.4 Shots-Against

Power Play:  8.8 percent (30th, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  69.7 percent (30th, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  7.4 PIM (6th-T, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  1-3-0 (0-0)

ALL-TIME SERIES

Results:  Columbus has gone 40-43-1-13 in 97 regular season games vs. the Red Wings, including a 22-19-1-7 mark at home… Of Note: The clubs competed as Central Division rivals over 12 seasons from 2000-13… Columbus has gone 22-4-3 since Mar. 17, 2011, including an 12-1-1 mark since the start of the 2016-17 season… The Blue Jackets have picked up points in six-straight meetings (5-0-1)… CBJ are 5-1-0 in the last six games in the series at Nationwide Arena and 11-3-1 at NWA dating back to Mar. 28, 2012… Goals:  CBJ – 231, DET – 290… CBJ PP:  55-of-411 (13.4 pct.)…CBJ PK:  316-of-391 (80.8 pct.).

This Season (CBJ, 1-0-1)

Jan. 18 – COLUMBUS 3, at Detroit 2

Jan. 19 – at Detroit 3, COLUMBUS 2 (OT)

Mar. 2 – at COLUMBUS

Mar. 27 – at Detroit… Mar. 28 – at Detroit

Apr. 27 – at COLUMBUS

May 7 – at COLUMBUS… May 8 – at COLUMBUS

2019-20 Results (CBJ, 3-0-0)

Nov. 21, 2019 – at Columbus 5, Detroit 4

Dec. 17, 2019 – Columbus 5, at Detroit 3

Feb. 7, 2020 – at Columbus 2, Detroit 1

CBJ TEAM NOTES

Columbus is in the middle of a stretch of four-of-five games away from Nationwide Arena from Feb. 27-Mar. 6 with the lone home game played Tuesday against Detroit… CBJ have posted points in eight of 12 home games in 2020-21 (5-4-3; 13 pts.)… The Blue Jackets have scored the game’s first goal in a League-high 16 of their 23 games, including each of the last two contests… Columbus has outscored opponents 25-15 in first periods this season, ranking second-T in the NHL (Toronto) in goal differential in that period (Minnesota; +12)… CBJ rank ninth in the NHL in scoring by team defensemen with 7-37-44.

CBJ PLAYER NOTES

RW Cam Atkinson ranked fourth-T in the NHL in goals in February while tying the club mark for the month (third) time after posting 8-5-13 in 13 games… RW Oliver Bjorkstrand leads the team in assists (tied) and multi-point efforts with 6-10-16 and five multi-point outings in 23 games… C Boone Jenner has posted 3-3-6 in the past nine outings… D Seth Jones ranked second-T among NHL defensemen in assists (fifth-T overall) and third-T in points with 1-10-11 in 13 games.  The 10 helpers were tied for the most by a CBJ blueliner in a single month in franchise history (fourth time)… G Joonas Korpisalo, who started four games in six days last week, has posted a 2.03 GAA and .932 SV% in his past three starts from Feb. 25-28… C Jack Roslovic notched 4-8-12 in 13 February contests, and his eight helpers were tied for the fifth most in the month in CBJ history… D David Savard, who leads the Blue Jackets with 57 hits, has recorded a hit in 21 of his 22 games this season.

MILESTONES

•     C Max Domi is two games from 400 in his NHL career (84-174-258, 398 GP).

•     D Scott Harrington is three games from 200 in his NHL career (7-30-37, 197 GP).

•     C Jack Roslovic is four games from 200 in his NHL career (30-50-80, 196 GP).

OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT

•       G Elvis Merzlikins (upper body; Injured Reserve) is week-to-week.

•       LW Gus Nyquist (shoulder surgery on Nov. 3; Injured Reserve) is expected to miss five-to-six months.

                              o TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST:  58.

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