Wings Face Lowly Jackets

The Detroit Red Wings (31-15-1) are back home at the friendly confines of the Joe Louis Arena for this evening's game against the basement-dwelling Columbus Blue Jackets (13-28-5). 

The Wings are coming off their fifth straight win Thursday night in Phoenix, thanks to a beautiful shootout winner by Todd Bertuuzi, and look to make it six in a row tonight against the Jackets, and 16 in a row on home ice. 

This is the second meeting of the year between these two Central Division foes, with the Jackets winning the previous match-up on October 25th by a score of 4-1. These division games are always important, maybe more this year than previous ones, as the Central Divison is so tightly contested, with just 6 points separating first and fourth. 

Detroit is looking to improve on their league-best 18-2-1 record on home ice against a Columbus team who is just 5-15-2 on the road. The key for winning this game is getting on the Jackets early. Columbus only averages 2.3 goals per game, and are just 1-16-1 when trailing after two periods. 

If the pieces fall in place, Detroit could be leading the NHL after tonight. Has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?

Puck drop is 7:00 EST, 4:00 PST at the Joe. 

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Tyler Ferris.