Unbeaten Blue Jackets try to clip Red Wings in Detroit

The Columbus Blue Jackets and Detroit Red Wings tied for last place in the Central Division last season. Their head-to-head matchups were nearly a draw as well, with the Blue Jackets winning the season series 4-3-1.They’ll play for the first time this season in Detroit on Tuesday night.Columbus has won its first two games, thumping the Arizona Coyotes 8-2 and squeaking past the expansion Seattle Kraken 2-1 in overtime.”I liked as a team that we grinded this one out, that we had to stick with it,” Blue Jackets first-year coach Brad Larsen said. “We had to really dig deep to try to come back in the third period here. It was a 1-0 game going to the third, so one shot away. We just said, don’t get frustrated, don’t implode ourselves here, stick to the plan. I liked our third.”Patrik Laine scored the game-winner after contributing two assists in the opener. The Blue Jackets expect Laine to rebound from a down season in which he only scored 12 goals in 46 games after being acquired from Winnipeg. He averaged 34.5 goals in his first four seasons.”I have seen a different guy. You can feel it,” Larsen said. “He worked at it this summer. He got himself in better shape, and he has a little chip on his shoulder. He wants to prove to everybody that he still has a lot of game.”Laine had no goals and three assists in six appearances against the Red Wings last season.”When you work hard, it’s just a matter of time until you get one, and hopefully we’re going to get plenty more,” Laine said.The Blue Jackets will be playing their first road game of the season.

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