What a difference 24 hours made with the Red Wings.
One night after a spirited effort against St. Louis, a dramatic rally and victory, this happened.
The Red Wings suffered a disappointing 4-2 loss to Columbus, one night after a spirited rally against St. Louis produced one of their better victories in this young season.
Johan Franzen and Damien Brunner scored the Wings goals.
But generally speaking, the Red Wings were flat.
"We had no energy, no push," coach Mike Babcock said. "We lost races, all the battles. I'm not making excuses, the schedule is what it is. But we weren't good enough."
The Red Wings also suffered a critical personnel loss. Defenseman Brendan Smith suffered a shoulder injury will miss a minimum of 10-14 days according to general manager Kenny Holland.
Smith will see doctors Monday, said Holland, for further examination.
Artem Anisimov had two goals for Columbus and James Wisniewski (power play) and Mark Letestu (shorthanded) had the others.
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