Preview: Blue Jackets Vs. Detroit Red Wings

November 11th, 2009 by Ed Cmar Leave a reply »

This is a Detroit team whose firepower has taken some serious hits, both in departed UFAs, as well as with injuries - Johan Franzen, Valtteri Filppula, Andreas Lilja and, most recently, former CBJ forward, Jason Williams. 

The results have been very un-Red Wing-esque - statistically, Detroit ranks 16th in goals scored/game, at 2.80 goals/game - additionally, they rank near the bottom of the league in goal scoring percentage (goals scored to shots attempted), at a paltry 8.3%. 

But, what's most interesting about their offensive ineptitude is their diminished total shots on goal/net.  Historically, this was a team who, overwhelming, led the NHL in shots on goal/net.  Given all the injuries, departures and basically, the team's stalwarts getting older, my, how things have changed.  As it relates to even strength, this is not as much of a cause for concern as in years past. 

The Jackets, for the first time in their history, does not have offensive ineptitude as an obstacle.  That albatross of secondary scoring is no longer (an albatross) - the CBJ rank 7th - yep, you read that correctly - 7th, in goals scored/game, wi ...

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