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Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio  Attendance: 14,417

Blue Jackets aim to extend streak vs. Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings at Columbus Blue Jackets

  1. The Blue Jackets have won eight of the last nine meetings with the Red Wings, but Detroit's lone win came in their last meeting in Columbus on October 30 last season. The two teams combined for 12 goals in their last meeting on November 26 last season, a 7-5 Blue Jackets' win in Detroit.
  2. Detroit lost to Ottawa, 4-3, on Tuesday, snapping a season-long five-game point streak. The Red Wings were outscored 3-0 in the second period of the loss and have a -19 goal differential in the middle frame this season, 10 goals worse than the next-lowest (Kings and Sharks, -9 each).
  3. Columbus defeated Montreal, 5-2, on Tuesday and has taken points in four of its last five games (3-1-1), allowing 12 goals over that span. The Jackets had lost each of the five previous games (0-4-1), allowing 20 goals over that span.
  4. Valtteri Filppula scored a goal and added an assist in Tuesday's loss, giving him nine points (3g, 6a) in his last 12 games. The veteran forward had just two points (both assists) in his first 11 games this season.
  5. Pierre-Luc Dubois scored twice and added an assist in the win over Montreal for his second multi-point game of the season. Dubois leads the Blue Jackets with 15 points (9g, 6a) this season, tied with Minnesota's Eric Staal for the fewest by a team leader this season.
  6. Cam Atkinson has 21 points (13g, 8a) in 24 career games against Detroit. Since Atkinson joined the league in 2011-12, only three skaters have lit the lamp more times against the Red Wings -- Nikita Kucherov (16), Brad Marchand (14), and Steven Stamkos (14).

For the first time this season, the Columbus Blue Jackets felt comfortable in the waning minutes of the third period.

Their 5-2 triumph over Montreal on Tuesday was the first time the Blue Jackets' margin of victory was greater than one goal.

The Blue Jackets, who won their previous game in overtime, will try to extend their winning streak to three games when they welcome the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.

Columbus' five-goal output represented a relative outburst, establishing a new season high in 20 games. The Blue Jackets have scored 50 goals, tied for last in the NHL. Their 2.5 average ranks higher than just one team -- the Red Wings, who have scored at a 2.35 clip.

The Blue Jackets scored three goals in the third period against the Canadiens.

"I thought we played better offensively," coach John Tortorella said. "That's really good news."

Some good fortune energized the team's moribund offense. It scored the go-ahead goal when Emil Bemstrom's backhander went wide, caromed off the glass behind the net and back toward the crease. The puck then went off the goaltender's blocker and into the net.

"I thought in the first period, we made a lot of offensive plays. I thought our second period was ridiculous, and then I thought we played a good third period," Tortorella said. "We're not used to playing with a three-goal lead with three or four minutes left. We got a fortunate bounce. That's part of it. A lot of teams get it and find a way to win. We did (Tuesday) playing a 40-minute hockey game."

Pierre-Luc Dubois scored twice, increasing his team-leading total to nine goals.

"We kept pushing," Dubois told NHL.com. "The best defense is offense and I thought we did a good job of that."

Thursday's game will be the first of three meetings between the teams. In their three meetings last season, the road team prevailed each time. The Blue Jackets won twice in Detroit, including an overtime decision, and the Red Wings secured a two-goal victory in Columbus.

The Wings are coming off a 4-3 home loss to Ottawa. Detroit gave up three second-period goals to fall behind 4-2 and couldn't catch up despite a 16-3 shots on goal advantage in the final period.

"We didn't capitalize on our chances and we didn't manage the puck well through the neutral zone," first line center Dylan Larkin told NHL.com. "They got a couple of guys over there that can skate, and we made it too easy for those guys to feel like they could skate all night and make them look like players that they regularly aren't, like world beaters. That's the frustrating part."

Valtteri Filppula scored the team's first short-handed goal of the season but Ottawa's second period surge handed the Wings their first regulation loss in six games. They lost their previous two games in overtime.

"I think we've been playing pretty well as of late but that second period wasn't good enough," Filppula told NHL.com. "I don't think fatigue was necessarily a factor. But we turned a lot of pucks over in the neutral zone and spent a lot of time in our zone."

Injuries continue to pile up for the Wings. Forward Darren Helm and defenseman Mike Green didn't finish the game. Defensemen Danny DeKeyser and Trevor Daley remain sidelined.

--Field Level Media

Updated November 20, 2019

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