Blue Jackets Look For Revenge Against Detroit
Tonight the Columbus Blue Jackets (9-5-2) welcome division rival Detroit Red Wings (7-5-3) to the confines of Nationwide Arena. This is the first meeting between the two clubs since the Jackets were swept three games to none in the opening round of the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs.
Columbus, currently tied for the best record in the Central Division with Chicago, are 3-1 in the month of November, with the soul loss coming in a shootout against the San Jose Sharks. The 2008 Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings haven’t quite managed to achieve success, with their most recent game resulting in a loss to the much maligned Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-1.
Columbus has been riding the excellent play of returning Rookie of the Year goalie Steve Mason (.891 SV%) and captain Winger Rick Nash. Nash is currently tied for third place in the league for the most points with 22. The Red Wings are lead into town by Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and the Goaltending force of Chris Osgood.
Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock will be coaching in his 1000th career game tonight. Hitch, who started his career with the Dallas Stars, is in his third season with the Jackets and has a career record of 520-350-129. He has only missed the playoffs one time in his career, that being the 2007 season with Columbus.
The game starts at 7:00PM and will be broadcast on CD101, 1460 The Fan and Fox Sports Ohio. The Columbus Blue Jackets will honor Veterans prior to the game as the 338th U.S. Army Band will be performing on the concourse and members of the United States Armed Forces will present the colors for the National Anthem. Tickets still remain at the box office. Huntington Bank Green Seats go on sale at 5:00PM for $10.