Blue Jackets to put streak on the line vs. Red Wings

The Columbus Blue Jackets have defeated the Detroit Red Wings five consecutive times, including a 3-2 road victory on Monday, and the streak will be on the line when the teams will play once again Tuesday at Detroit.The Red Wings had a 37-29 advantage in shots on net but only had one goal to show for it until the final minute.”We’ve still got to find a way to create more O-zone time and more pressure and more Grade A chances,” Detroit captain Dylan Larkin said. “These pucks are bouncing everywhere. The good news is for three games now our team has done it the right way.”Yes, we have given up some goals but (there has been) lots of communication, lots of puck support and we’ve gotten out of our zone pretty efficiently.”Monday’s game was tied 1-all after two periods, but the Blue Jackets scored twice in the first seven minutes of the third, then held off the Red Wings’ late push. Both teams are now 1-2.”The second half of the game, they seemed to find their legs,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said about the Blue Jackets. “The second period, we turned too many pucks over. … For two games in a row, we’ve given up too many chances.”Blashill had to do some line shuffling after he learned earlier in the day that forwards Robby Fabbri and Adam Erne were placed on the COVID-19 protocol list. Michael Rasmussen made his season debut and assisted on Bobby Ryan’s first-period goal.”The one thing (Rasmussen) has done is play center throughout the whole camp,” Blashill said. “We’ll see how the lineup looks (Tuesday) but that’s what went into the decision.”Bobby Ryan has scored three goals in his first two Red Wings games after collecting another in the final minute Monday. The veteran was signed as a free agent during the offseason after playing the last seven seasons with the Ottawa Senators.

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