|DETROIT RED WINGS
8–5–4 (20 points; .588%)
ROSTER / SCHEDULE
7:00 P.M. – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19
BALLY SPORTS OHIO
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With Thursday's 6-4 victory over the Montreal Canadiens, the battered Columbus Blue Jackets picked up points in their fourth consecutive game for the first time in 47 games dating back to last season.
A win Saturday over the Detroit Red Wings would put the Blue Jackets into even more rarified air: a five-game point streak for the first time in 101 games — one that ended in the final week of the pandemic-shortened 2020-21 season.
Here's what to know as the vastly improved Red Wings make their first trip of the season to Nationwide Arena:
|ODDS OF CBJ WIN PER MONEYPUCK
|ODDS OF CBJ WIN PER THE 538
|CAESAR'S SPORTSBOOK BETTING
|RED WINGS: LAST THREE GAMES
|@ SAN JOSE
|@ LOS ANGELES
|RED WINGS: TEAM LEADERS
TALKING POINTS: DET
There's no way the Red Wings aren't coming to Columbus with a bit of fatigue. This is the fourth and final game of Detroit's California road trip that has a quick layover in Ohio's capital before returning to the state up north. It will also be the Red Wings third game in five nights.
But any tired legs weren't there Thursday, when the Red Wings ended a four-game losing streak by putting up seven goals in a 7-4 win over the struggling San Jose Sharks. Detroit scored six times (one empty netter) in the final 29 minutes of the game.
Dominik Kubalik had a multi-point effort in that win, his seventh game of the season with at least two points. In his first year with the Red Wings, the 27-year-old leads the team in goals and points, and is tied with fellow forward Dylan Larkin in assists. All of that comes in an average of just 16:25 of ice time per night; on the Blue Jackets, that's most comparable to Jack Roslovic, who averages 16:21 so far this season. At 4.30, Kubalik is tied for 10th in the league in points per 60 minutes.
After hot goaltending to start the month, when Detroit gave up just three goals in their first three games of November, it's been a rough go of it for the Red Wings defense and goaltending. They've allowed three or more goals in five straight games and have allowed an average of 4.4 goals per game during that span. That's more than the Blue Jackets league-worst 4.31 goals per game. This one could be a high-scoring affair.
JUST KEEP ROLLIN'
The injury list is starting to match the list of healthy players, but Columbus just keeps on rolling and is playing their best of hockey of the young season. Saturday's lineup will likely look nearly identical to Thursday's, as none of the lengthy list of injured Blue Jackets are expected back in the lineup before Thanksgiving.
4TH LINE JUICE
The line of Eric Robinson, Sean Kuraly, and Mathieu Olivier were on a mission Thursday. The trio combined for three goals and Olivier continues to prove his value in toughness, dropping the gloves with big rookie Arber Xhejak. There have been times in the past where Columbus' fourth line is a risky play — but even with all the injuries, this is not a line that requires nerves of steel. They know the role and are exceeding expectations.
TOP LINE KENT?
Kent Johnson was with Johnny Gaudreau and Boone Jenner in the third period of Thursday's win, and in the very limited sample size, it seemed to work. Keep a close eye on who Johnson is skating with throughout Saturday's game. He's hasn't seen enough time on the ice this season but that has to change soon; the kid is playing good hockey.
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