Red Wings at Blue Jackets
The Columbus Blue Jackets registered a solid performance in their season opener while the Detroit Red Wings came out with a thud. The Blue Jackets will look to continue their positive momentum when they host their Central Division rival on Monday. After trading Rick Nash to the New York Rangers, Columbus saw Artem Anisimov - who was acquired in the deal - score in both regulation and the shootout in its 3-2 triumph over Nashville on Saturday.
While the Blue Jackets went the extra mile in their first game, the Red Wings stumbled out of the gate in their 6-0 setback to St. Louis on Saturday. Coach Mike Babcock's club yielded four power-play goals and was outshot 36-14 in the decisive loss. Jimmy Howard earned an early exit after permitting five goals on 28 shots, but owns a 9-1-1 record with a 1.68 goals-against average versus the Blue Jackets.
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ABOUT THE RED WINGS (0-1-0): Babcock tried to put a positive spin on his team's season-opening debacle after Sunday's practice. "The sun came up. Let's get at (it)," said Babcock, who also challenged his team to show more energy. The coach should've asked that his ailing team remain healthy as Jonathan Ericsson injured his shoulder during practice. The defenseman admitted that he is questionable for Monday's tilt after he stepped on a puck and fell into the boards.
ABOUT THE BLUE JACKETS (1-0-0): Sergei Bobrovsky started on Saturday after coach Todd Richards reasoned that the Russian had kept himself fit while playing in the Kontinental Hockey League during the lockout. The former Flyers netminder made 32 saves in regulation and overtime before keeping Nashville off the board in the shootout. Bobrovsky, who has yet to play an NHL game in Nationwide Arena, and Steve Mason are expected to battle for time throughout the season.
1. Detroit's Darren Helm practiced on Sunday and noted progress in his ailing back. He isn't expected to play until Friday at the earliest.
2. Columbus LW Nick Foligno, who scored in the opener, has collected a goal and an assist in three career games versus the Red Wings.
3. Detroit posted four wins in six outings versus Columbus last season.