GameDay: vs. Columbus (27-40-3, 57 Pts) 7:30 ET
If Detroit Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman appears to have an extra spring in his step of late, it might be because spring has arrived. "You know what it is? Playoffs are coming up,'' Wings goaltender Manny Legace said.Thanks for the revelation, Ansar. The five people who didn't already know that are grateful. I believe I said that yesterday:
"If, at this point of the season, a surging Steve Yzerman doesn't make you quake in your skates, Western Conference, I don't know what will. Shades of 2002, dare I say it?"See, Ansar? All you had to do was read this blog and you'd have saved making a trip to practice. The Blue Jackets snapped a five-game losing streak last night by beating the Flames 3-2 at home to wrap up a stretch of games against Pacific and Northwest Division opponents. Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch writes a stirring take on the game, citing it as an example of what the team is capable of and implying Jackets fans have playoff hopes if their team plays like that next season. The starter for tonight should be Pascal Leclaire. The Jackets have been rotating goalies for a while and Marc Denis was in net for their win last night. Most years, this game would be a doubtful one because the Wings should win. However, this year, the Wings haven't disappointed in their games against the Jackets so hopefully tonight will be more of the same. The Jackets' win last night could cause some concern but the Wings ought to be able to handle it.