Three Things: Noticeable Cole Sillinger Can't Quite Finish, Can't Solve Husso, Way Too Much Detroit In The End

By Will Chase on November 19, 2022 at 10:10 pm
Detroit Red Wings' Ville Husso makes a save against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period at Nationwide Arena.
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It's time to start a new streak.

Filip Hronek had his first-career two-goal game after scoring twice in the second period, and Dylan Larkin, Ben Chiarot, Dominik Kubalik, and Tyler Bertuzzi also scored as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, 6-1, on Saturday night from Nationwide Arena.

Ville Husso made 27 saves on 28 shots in the victory.

The loss snaps Columbus' two-game winning streak and four-game points streak. Emil Bemstrom scored for the Blue Jackets. Joonas Korpisalo made 31 saves. Jack Roslovic did not play (illness).

Cole Sillinger Can't Break Through

Though Cole Sillinger did not register a point in the contest, he was noticeable early, though stymied on a few first-period chances.

First, he was stopped on the tail-end of a lone first-period power play chance for Columbus, when Yegor Chinakhov's cross-ice feed found a waiting Sillinger, there to fire the one-timer, but Husso moved laterally to his left to make the save.

Later on in the period, he had a breakaway but again, Husso was there for the stop. For the game, Sillinger played 14:14, co-leading the team with three shots on goal. He was 11-for-17 (64.7%) in the face-off circle, with the 11 wins leading the game. Sean Kuraly's 76.9% (10-of-13) led the game. 

Ville Husso Was (Nearly) Perfect

Detroit didn't need a shutout but nearly got one anyway.

Overpowering the Blue Jackets with six goals on the night, it was Columbus' first line doing what they've been doing of late and getting on the score sheet to erase the possibility of being shut out.

Only 43 seconds into the second period, Emil Bemstrom's goal tied the game at one. Boone Jenner, who has been red hot with four points in his last two games coming in, earned an assist on the play with a fantastic toe drag, before getting the puck to Bemstrom, beating Husso on his left side. Jenner has nine points (six goals, three assists) in the month of November and is riding a three-game points streak (three goals, two assists).

Johnny Gaudreau stayed hot adding his third assist in as many games.

The line of Eric Robinson - Sean Kuraly - Mathieu Olivier continued to generate chances on Saturday. According to MoneyPuck, the trio led the team in on-ice xGoals for (.423). They combined for 13 shot attempts and a team-high seven shots on goal.

Olivier's cross-checking penalty in the first period ended up biting Columbus in the form of Larkin's first-period power-play goal. Larken also had two assists as part of a three-point night.

Too Much Red

Though Bemstrom's second-period goal inside the first period had Columbus right back in it, the Red Wings proved to be too much to handle.

Three second-period goals by Chiarot, and two by Hronek, were the difference for Detroit as they outscored Columbus 3-1 in the middle period. The Columbus offense just couldn't generate enough chances to beat Husso as the Red Wings ran away with five straight goals to win.

Larkin's first-period goal and Kubalik's goal in the third period both came on the power play as Detroit finished 2-for-3. Columbus was 0-for-2. Kubalik and David Perron co-led the game with six shots. Perron also had an assist and is on a four-game points streak (one goal, six assists). Moritz Seider, last year's Calder Memorial Trophy winner, played in his 100th career game. He had his first three-point game with three assists and has four points in his last two games (one goal, three assists). Lucas Raymond also played in his 100th career game and added two assists. Hronek is on a four-game points streak (four goals, two assists). Larkin has five points in two games (one goal, four assists).

For the second time this season, and first since Nov. 5 against the Colorado Avalanche breaking a streak of four straight games, Korpisalo's goals save above expected was in the negatives (-2.24) per Moneypuck. He allowed three low-danger goals, one medium, and two high-danger goals as Detroit had 37 shots for the game.

According to Natural Stat Trick, Detroit won the xG battle 2.41-1.95 while 5v5, and 3.37-2.51 in all situations. Columbus had six giveaways to Detroit's two. The Red Wings had eight takeaways to the Jackets' two.

For the first time since 2008, the Red Wings scored at least six goals in consecutive games.

Panthers Den

The Blue Jackets are right back at it when the Florida Panthers come into town for the back-to-back tilt on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 6:00 pm ET. The Calgary Flames defeated the Panthers, 5-4, in a shootout in Miami on Saturday.