Detroit Red Wings blitz Columbus Blue Jackets in Ohio, 6-1: Game thread replay

When: Saturday 7 p.m.

Where: Statewide arena in Columbus, Ohio.

TV: Bally Sports Detroit.

Radio: WXYT-FM (97.1) (Red Wings radio affiliates).

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Red Wings' Dylan Larkin controls the puck during the second period of the Wings' 3-2 loss in overtime on Tuesday, November 15, 2022, in Anaheim, California.

Red Wings’ Dylan Larkin controls the puck during the second period of the Wings’ 3-2 loss in overtime on Tuesday, November 15, 2022, in Anaheim, California.

Game Notes: The primary colors on the ice for tonight’s matchup in Columbus are, of course, blue and red. But you might squint and see a bit of corn in there too, as both teams feature a number of former Michigan players.

For the wings, of course, there’s captain Dylan Larkin and forward Andrew Copp; They teamed up for a season in Ann Arbor in 2014-15. Larkin has been solid this season; His 12 assists are shared for the team’s lead (with Domink Kubalik), while his seven goals are second (just behind Kubalik), giving him 19 points and second on the list. (You’ll never guess who’s No. 1.) Copp hasn’t quite reached the level his five-year, $28 million contract dictates, though six of his eight points this season have come in his last nine games.

Another member of that 14-15 Wolverines roster will miss the ice at Nationwide Arena tonight as defenseman Zach Werenski, who has three goals and five assists in 13 games this year, has been ruled out with one for the remainder of the season shoulder injury. However, the Blue Jackets have two younger Wolverines on the roster in Kent Johnson (their first-round pick in 2021) and Nick Blankenburg, Johnson’s teammates the last two seasons at Ann Arbor. Johnson hasn’t scored since scoring in three straight games from Oct. 22-25, but he has provided assists in each of his last two games – both Blue Jackets win – and has eight points in 13 games. Blankenburg, meanwhile, has appeared in just seven games, most recently on November 10 when he scored an empty goal against the Flyers.

After Saturday’s game in Columbus, the Wings finally return to Little Caesars Arena for their longest home game of the season: five games, starting with a visit by the Nashville Predators on Wednesday. This is followed by visits from the Coyotes (Friday), Maple Leafs (Nov. 28), Sabers (Nov. 30), and Golden Knights (Dec. 3). The Blue Jackets find themselves in the midst of an epic homestand; the Wings are the third of six visitors, and the Blue Jackets will be back on the ice Sunday when the Florida Panthers come to town.

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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Red Wings beat Columbus Blue Jackets, 6-1: Game Thread Replay