This is one of those games where the Red Wings need to just take care of business in as simple a fashion as possible. Columbus is the worst team in the Western Conference. They've owned Detroit so far this season. In the three games between these two clubs, the Wings only win has come in a shootout. Today the Wings need to just score early and, hopefully, get up big enough to rest some of the top guys and give the bottom six more minutes. It's the first game of a back-to-back home-and-home series with Columbus. The Blue Jackets think they can hang with the Wings. Detroit needs to squash that mindset quickly. The last two wins have been nice, but points are still at a premium. It would be really nice to solidify a spot in the top eight and create some separation.

No changes in the lineup other than Jonas Gustavsson getting the starting nod. The forwards and defensive pairings remain the same. No word yet if Ian White has commented on his displeasure of this news this morning.