Updated 2x at 1:47 PM: The Red Wings took to the ice at noon today at Little Caesars Arena, hoping to build upon Saturday night’s win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
A two-games-in-two-days series against the Columbus Blue Jackets looms ahead on Monday and Tuesday:
The Red Wings also waived Alex Biega at 12 PM EST to make room for Christian Djoos on the roster…
While we waited for the Wings’ beat writers to take part in Zoom calls, Field Level Media posted a Wings-Blue Jackets preview (Monday’s game takes place at 12 PM EST due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, and it will air on NBCSN):
The Blue Jackets swept the three-game series with the Wings last season. Columbus is seeking its first victory this season after losing on the road to Nashville 3-1 on Thursday and 5-2 on Saturday.
The latter game was tied 1-1 entering the final period. Columbus had 44 shots on goals but was stymied by Predators goaltender Juuse Saros.
“I’m looking at some of the encouraging stuff we did (Saturday),” head coach John Tortorella said. “We developed 25 scoring chances. Do we need to clean up some stuff? Sure, but I’m encouraged by a lot of different things with our hockey club.”
Forward Cam Atkinson echoed those sentiments, even though the Blue Jackets allowed three goals in the last 10 minutes.
“I thought we played overall a really, really good game compared to the first game. We got our feet wet,” he said. “The first game wasn’t our prettiest, but we did a lot of good things that we discussed after that game and we showed it. We’re going to watch a lot of tape, but we did a lot of good things. We just have to clean up the little things that cost us goals.”
Alexandre Texier and Michael Del Zotto are the only players with more than one point after two games.
The Blue Jackets aren’t practicing today…
MEDIA NOTE: #CBJ will not practice today. The club will hold its pre-game ZOOM media availability with Head Coach John Tortorella and select players beginning at approximately 3pm ET this afternoon after arrival in Detroit.
The Blue Jackets and Wings meet on Monday at 12 pm ET.— CBJ Public Relations (@BlueJacketsPR) January 17, 2021
And the Pierre McGuire Warning System (PMWS) is in full effect for Monday:
Finally, 50 minutes into practice, we get a quote:
Blashill says Djoos comes out of quarantine tomorrow. Obviously he’ll then need to get up to speed from there, and the Red Wings will need to get a look at him before figuring out what’s next for him— Max Bultman (@m_bultman) January 17, 2021
Jeff Blashill said D Christian Djoos comes out of quarantine Tuesday, then needs to practice. Red Wings claimed Djoos off waivers Jan. 9.— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) January 17, 2021
Update #2: Here they come:
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