Game Day Notes: @ Columbus

… Tonight is the first of five games against the Blue Jackets in this shortened season.

… The Jackets are 1-0-0, having kicked off the season with a 3-2 shootout win in Nashville on Saturday.

… NBC Sports has picked up this game, because they know what a national viewing audience wants.

… It looks like Sergei Bobrovsky will get the start for the Jackets.

… The Jackets will go with the same lineup they used Saturday. Aaron Portzline has the scratches listed here.

… The Wings blew their first game badly, notching a 6-0 loss to their belt.

… They’re already down a few guys to injury and sickness, starting with Todd Bertuzzi and his bout of mono.

… Jonathan Ericsson is a game-time decision with a sore shoulder. He’d be replaced by Brian Lashoff, because apparently even a mostly-recovered Jakub Kindl isn’t preferable to a guy who probably maxed out in the AHL.

… Jan Mursak will be out a few weeks with a shoulder/collarbone injury courtesy of David Backes. Patrick Eaves will take his spot in the lineup and will see his first meaningful ice time since November 2011.

… Darren Helm is out of the lineup as well, with a sore back. Eaves is technically in because of that, too.

… Jonas Gustavsson is out with a sore groin and will be replaced on the bench by Thomas McCollum. Jimmy Howard gets the start.

… Ansar Khan has the lines used in practice here.

… So yeah, obviously, the Wings would do well to win tonight. A shortened season means a smaller margin for error. Here’s hoping the defense makes a 180 and let’s just go ahead and hope that for the offense too.

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