Blue Jackets hit the road for weekend series with Detroit; Today’s game at 3 PM



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

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


COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS (13-13-8, 34 pts./5th, Discover Central Division) 

Goals:  2.56 Goals-For/3.15 Goals-Against… Shots:  28.9 Shots-For/31.2 Shots-Against

Power Play:  15.5 percent (26th, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  74.7 percent (25th, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  6.6 PIM (2nd, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  4-5-3 (2-3)

DETROIT RED WINGS (10-20-4, 24 pts./8th, Discover Central Division)

Goals:  2.12 Goals-For/3.32 Goals-Against… Shots:  27.4 Shots-For/31.6 Shots-Against

Power Play:  12.0 percent (29th, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  71.4 percent (30th-T, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  7.5 PIM (11th-T, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  1-4-0 (0-0)

Players to Watch:  Dylan Larkin (2014 15th overall pick has posted 282 points in 419 career games, including three-straight 50-point campaigns from 2017-20); D Filip Hronek (Leads team in assists and points with 1-17-18 in 34 GP in 2020-21)


Results:  Columbus has gone 41-43-1-13 in 98 regular season games vs. the Red Wings, including a 18-24-0-6 mark on the road… Of Note: The clubs competed as Central Division rivals over 12 seasons from 2000-13… Columbus has gone 23-4-3 since Mar. 17, 2011, including an 13-1-1 mark since the start of the 2016-17 season… The Blue Jackets have picked up points in seven-straight meetings (6-0-1)… CBJ have also recorded points in 11-straight road games in the series since Dec. 16, 2014 (9-0-2)… Goals:  CBJ – 235, DET – 291… CBJ PP:  56-of-416 (13.5 pct.)…CBJ PK:  318-of-394 (80.7 pct.).

This Season (CBJ, 2-0-1)

Jan. 18 – COLUMBUS 3, at Detroit 2

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

Mar. 2 – at COLUMBUS 4, Detroit 1

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


The Blue Jackets collected a point for the sixth time in the last seven games (3-1-3) with a 4-3 overtime loss to Carolina on Thursday… The Jackets have played past regulation in six of their last seven contests… The Jackets are in a stretch of 10 of 12 games against the top three teams in the Central Division (Tampa Bay, Florida, Carolina) from Mar. 18-Apr. 8… The club heads out on its first of two six-game road trips, traveling to face Detroit, Tampa Bay and Florida from Mar. 27-Apr. 4.  The Blue Jackets play six games in nine days over that stretch, including back-to-backs to open (Mar. 27-28 at Detroit) and close (Apr. 3-4 at Florida) the trip… Columbus is 5-3-3 in March games this season.  The Jackets are 12-4-4 in their last 20 games played in the month of March dating back to Mar. 24, 2019.


RW Cam Atkinson has 11-8-19 with five multi-point outings in the last 23 games… RW Oliver Bjorkstrand has posted 6-6-12 in the last 11 games.  He leads the club in goals (tied), assists, points and multi-point efforts with 12-16-28 and seven multi-point outings in 34 games.  The winger has points in three-straight games against the Red Wings (1-3-4) and has posted three multi-point efforts in the last six contests against the club (3-5-8)… C Boone Jenner has recorded points in each of the last seven contests overall against Detroit (5-3-8) and four-straight road contests in the series (2-3-5) …  D Seth Jones collected his second multi-point outing in the last four games with two assists on Thursday and has 3-3-6 in the past five contests.  He has recorded .75 points a game since February 1 (4-14-18 in 24 GP)… G Joonas Korpisalo has posted a 2.39 GAA and .916 SV% in his past 11 games since February 25… D Zach Werenski has recorded points in six of the last eight games with 3-4-7.


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

•     D Dean Kukan is one game from 100 for his NHL career (2-16-18, 99 GP).

•     LW Eric Robinson is two games from 100 in his NHL career (11-10-21, 98 GP).

•     HC John Tortorella (668) is 5 victories from surpassing Mike Keenan (672) and move into 12th place on NHL all-time wins list.


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

•       RW Emil Bemstrom (lower body injury on Mar. 17) is expected to miss a week.

                              o TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST:  79.


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