Wings want to avoid Blue Jackets revenge
Everything went the Wings' way on Monday night. They can only hope for something similar tonight as they head to Columbus for their final meeting against the Blue Jackets this season.
Monday saw the Wings dominate on home ice, with a 7-2 victory. The win sealed the 21st consecutive playoff trip for Detroit, the longest record of any professional sports franchise in North America.
Tomas Holmstrom had two of the goals, and Henrik Zetterberg and Todd Bertuzzi each had four assists on the night. Captain Nicklas Lidstrom even had a goal for his grand return after being injured.
Wings have been stellar at home this season, but does a trip to Columbus worry them? Based on their record it should, but with tonight being the return of Johan Franzen it's difficult to imagine the Wings being nervous.
Franzen, along with Jonathan Ericsson, is the latest in a series of star players coming back to full health for Detroit. Franzen leads the team in goals (26) and has three goals and two assists in four games against the Jackets.
Jimmy Howard is still doubtful for tonight with a strained groin and Darren Helm is out for 4-6 weeks with a sprained ligament in his left knee. Columbus also has a pile of injuries. Derek MacKenzie (concussion) and James Wisniewski (concussion-like symptoms) are questionable for tonight. Curtis Sanford, Fedor Tyutin, Marc Methot and Kristian Huselius are all done for the season.
It's hard to imagine Columbus has any fight left in them. At this point they are bound to finish in last place in the NHL, and with Detroit being healthy again they will have a challenge taking this victory.
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