Blue Jackets-Red Wings Preview
DETROIT - The Columbus Blue Jackets and Detroit Red Wings are each coming off a loss on Saturday night.
Detroit hosts Columbus at Little Caesars Arena at 7:30, on Monday night.
The Blue Jackets (13-8-2) lost 4-2 at Pittsburgh.
"I think one of our weaknesses tonight was around our net," Columbus coach John Tortorella said after the game. "I don't think we're strong enough around the net. Their fourth goal, you get worked off a puck there and it's in the net. Listen, I had no problem with how hard we worked. We put in some good, hard minutes. We just couldn't make or execute the next play to generate some offense."
A part of the offense that was generated was a goal by right winger Cam Atkinson to extend his goal streak to seven games, which ties a franchise record set by Geoff Sanderson Nov. 5-22, 2002.
Atkinson, who has 15 goals for the season, beat Casey DeSmith 5-hole at 13:04 of the second period to pull the Blue Jackets to within 3-2.
"It was nice, lucky goal, I guess," Atkinson said. "I used the guy as a screen and it just happened to go in. That's my game, keep shooting. When you have the hot stick shoot a little bit more and good things happen."
Detroit (10-10-3) lost 3-2 to the Buffalo Sabres in a seven-round shootout at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday night.
"We had enough chances to win the hockey game for sure. We got to score on our chances," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "When you get that many breakaways you got to find ways to score. "
Detroit had 37 shots against Buffalo and center Dylan Larkin and right winger Anthony Mantha were foiled on breakaways by Buffalo goalie Linus Ullmark.
"We did a lot of good things," Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. "We're never out of it. We had some chances, two clear-cut breakaways that could have gone the other way, but that's how it goes sometimes. We found a way to get a big point."
Specialty teams also let the Red Wings down Saturday. They allowed two power-play goals and were 0-for-4 on their own power plays.
Blashill said they're not winning enough puck battles on the power play.
"On good power plays, you shoot it, you get it back, you shoot it, you get it back," Blashill said. "We're shooting and not getting it back, so that's a killer. It hasn't been nearly dangerous enough. Not to say we never create anything.
"We've had different issues on different nights. (in Friday's 3-1 loss at Washington) we couldn't win any faceoffs. Tonight, our entries we're pretty good and then we'd shoot it and not get it back."
Detroit has gone five games without a power-play goal and are1 for 19 in their past eight games.
"I think we need to come up the ice together and get in the zone and release it high," Larkin said. "I think we're rimming the puck too much and we're getting pressured and it's going 200 feet the other way."
Updated November 25, 2018