Blue Jackets travel to Detroit tonight as preseason continues with Game 4

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS AT DETROIT RED WINGS

CBJ TV:                     No TV                                                 Streamed on Bally Sports App (Blue Jackets TV territory)                                                        
CBJ Radio:               Columbus Alternative 105.7         Bob McElligott (play-by-play), Dylan Tyrer (host)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS (2-0-1, 5 pts./H: 1-0-1, 3 pts./A: 1-0-0, 2 pts.)

2020-21 Record: 18-26-12, 48 pts. (8th, Discover Central Division)… Playoffs:  Did Not Qualify 

Goals:  2.39 Goals-For/3.29 Goals-Against… Shots:  29.0 Shots-For/32.4 Shots-Against

Power Play:  15.4 percent (27th, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  79.0 percent (20th-T, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  7.0 PIM (5th-T, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  6-9-3 (3-3)

Leaders:  RW Oliver Bjorkstrand (Led club in goals, assists and points with 18-26-44 in 56 GP)… D Zach Werenski (Led club defensemen in goals with 7-13-20 in 35 GP)… G Elvis Merzlikins (8-12-5, 2.77 GAA, .916 SV%, 2 SO in 28 GP).

DETROIT RED WINGS (1-0-0, 2 pts./H: 1-0-0, 2 pts./A: 0-0-0, 0 pts.)

2020-21 Record: 19-27-10 pts. (7th, Discover Central Division)… Playoffs:  Did Not Qualify  

Goals:  2.23 Goals-For/3.00 Goals-Against… Shots:  27.3 Shots-For/31.9 Shots-Against

Power Play:  11.4 percent (30h, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  78.7 percent (22nd-T, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  7.3 PIM (10th-T, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  3-7-3 (2-3)

Leaders:  C Dylan Larkin (Led club forwards in assists and points with 9-14-23 in 44 GP)…  D Filip Hronek (Led the team in assists and points with 2-24-26 in 56 GP)… G Thomas Greiss (8-15-0, 2.70 GAA, .912 SV%, 2 SO in 42 GP).

ALL-TIME SERIES

Results:  Columbus has gone 43-46-14 in 103 all-time meetings, including 25-20-8 at home and 18-26-6 on the road… Of Note: The Blue Jackets went 4-3-1 in eight games against the Red Wings in 2020-21… Columbus is 15-4-1 over the past five seasons against Detroit (since 2016-17)… The Blue Jackets are 11-3-1 in the last 15 visits to Detroit since Dec. 16, 2014… Each team has recorded three hat tricks in the all-time series, with Rick Nash notching the most recent one on Mar. 7, 2009 (8-2 W at DET)… Columbus has posted eight of the 21 shutouts in the series, as the teams each picked up their most recent shutout in a 1-0 SO CBJ win on Apr. 27, 2021 (CBJ-Merzlikins, 41; DET-Greiss, 33).

CBJ VS. DET, 2021-22

AT COLUMBUS:  November 15 (7 p.m.)

At Detroit:  October 19 (7:30 p.m.), April 9 (7 p.m.)

CBJ PRESEASON NOTES

The Blue Jackets reach the middle of their preseason schedule with Saturday’s game in Detroit…. The club has picked up points in each of its first three preseason contests (2-0-1) after notching a 5-2 victory over St. Louis on Wednesday… The Blue Jackets and Red Wings meet again in the preseason on Oct. 6 at Nationwide Arena (7 p.m.)… Columbus also plays home-and-home sets vs. the Buffalo Sabres (Sept. 28 at CBJ, Oct. 4 at BUF), Pittsburgh Penguins (Sept. 27 at PIT, Oct. 9 at CBJ) and St. Louis Blues (Sept. 29 at CBJ, Oct. 8 at STL).

CBJ NEXT FIVE DAYS

SUN/OCT. 3                 11 a.m.-1:45 p.m. – Practices & Off-Ice Workouts

MON/OCT. 4              10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Practices & Off-Ice Workouts

                                             7 p.m. – at Buffalo Sabres, KeyBank Center

Tue/OCT. 5                  NO PRACTICES SCHEDULED

Wed/OCT. 6                10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – Practices & Off-Ice Workouts

                                             7 p.m. – vs. DETROIT RED WINGS, Nationwide Arena

Thu/OCT. 7                  11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Practices & Off-Ice Workouts

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