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Blue Jackets spotlight Red Wings’ road woes

Mar 28, 2012, 10:47 PM EDT

The Detroit Red Wings carried a 16-20-3 road record into Columbus tonight, so it was no secret that the team isn’t very good on the road. Still, the Blue Jackets really put the team’s glaring weakness on display on NBC Sports Network tonight, soundly beating Detroit 4-2.

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Vinny Prospal and Derek Dorsett built a 2-0 lead but Henrik Zetterbeg found the net on the power play to finish up the first period with a workable 2-1 deficit. It was the second period that really dropped some jaws, however, as Derick Brassard and R.J. Umberger scored about a minute and a half apart to make it 4-1.

Niklas Kronwall scored midway through the third to give Detroit a prayer, but it was still a pretty stunning testament to the Red Wings’ resounding home-road disparity.

The need for the fourth seed

One could argue that the Red Wings are a Stanley Cup powerhouse at Joe Louis Arena and a lottery team away from home.

With that in mind, this loss hurts most because it greatly reduces their lead over the Nashville Predators to one point for what could be an all-important home ice advantage in what looks to be the fourth vs. fifth seed matchup. It all sets up for an awfully interesting game against the Predators in (ominous music plays) Nashville on Friday.

It’s overly simplistic to say that Detroit or Nashville win automatically once they get the fourth seed – really, a 50 percent chance on the road plus high odds at home might just be enough for the Red Wings – but you’d be kidding yourself to say it doesn’t matter.

With the Blue Jackets firmly locked as the worst team in the NHL, they can spend the rest of the season embracing a spoiler role.

  1. howardforvezina - Mar 28, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    Invasion of the Red Wing snatchers!

  2. hines86for6 - Mar 29, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    That game on friday is in Detroit. But of course no Jimmy Howard. Marty Erat (pts leader for N.ash) is up in the air

  3. polegojim - Mar 29, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Blue Jackets outplayed the Wings in every way last night.

    REALLY need Joey or Jimmy back QUICK.

    C’Mon… Let’s Go RED WINGS… on the ROAD.

  4. comeonnowguys - Mar 29, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    If they are still a strong home team, going.500 on the road will be enough.

    …but losing to the Blue Jackets? Ouch.

  5. robkirk7 - Mar 29, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    This coming week will be like training camp before the playoffs. As they get healthy, they need reps to build the chemistry they had in the first half of the season. Detroit has more talent than Nashville, but they need to match the Preds intensity if they want to do anything in the playoffs.
    Friday’s game is home at the Joe, by the way. Four of the last five are home cookin’ with a HUGE road game in St. Louis.
    Let’s GO Red Wings!!!

  6. Joe Michaels - Mar 29, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    I saw this coming on Monday. Typical. Blow out a team — and then it’s out to prove something. Am sure Babs warned the players before yesterday’s game. But they just didn’t want to believe it.

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