Red Wings begin Cup defense vs. Jackets
Game 2 will also be in Detroit on Saturday at 6 p.m. EDT . Game 1, 3, 4 and 5 of the series are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. EDT. Times for Games 6 and 7 have not yet been announced.
The series will switch Ohio’s capital city for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday, April 21 and Thursday, April 23 at Nationwide Arena. (See full series schedule below).
The Wings won the season series with their Central Division rivals, 3-2-1.
Geographically, the Blue Jackets are the closest Western Conference rivals to the Red Wings with just 200 miles between JLA and Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus.
With St. Louis winning on Sunday at Colorado, the Blues moved to the No. 6 spot in the Western Conference. St. Louis will face the Vancouver Canucks in a first-round series. The Blues’ win pushed Columbus to No. 7 and Anaheim to No. 8. The Ducks will play West Coast rival San Jose. The other Western series has No. 4 Chicago against No. 5 Calgary.
The Blue Jackets are led by forward and leading scorer Rick Nash, who had 40 goals with 39 assists during the regular-season. They are also paced by an outstanding rookie goalie, Steve Mason, who led the league with 10 shutouts and was second in the league with a 2.29 goals-against average (2.29).
|Western Conference Quarterfinal|
|Detroit Red Wings vs. Columbus Blue Jackets|
|Game 1||Thu||April 16||7 p.m.||Joe Louis Arena||FSD, VS, TSN|
|Game 2||Sat||April 18||6 p.m.||Joe Louis Arena||FSD, TSN|
|Game 3||Tue||April 21||7 p.m.||Nationwide Arena||FSD, TSN|
|Game 4||Thu||April 23||7 p.m.||Nationwide Arena||FSD, TSN|
|*Game 5||Sat||April 25||7 p.m.||Joe Louis Arena||FSD, VS, TSN|
|*Game 6||Mon||April 27||TBA||Nationwide Arena||FSD, TSN|
|*Game 7||Wed||April 29||TBA||Joe Louis Arena||FSD, VS, TSN|