The Detroit Red Wings endured a historically bad opener while the Columbus Blue Jackets enjoyed a surprisingly good one.
The Red Wings may be in an angry mood as they try to bounce back from a lackluster effort and spoil the Blue Jackets’ home opener Monday night.
Detroit fell 6-0 at St. Louis on Saturday. It was outshot 36-14, allowed four power-play goals on five chances and went 0 for 4 with the man advantage.
“I can think of four goals that were just gifts, not even earned,” coach Mike Babcock told the Red Wings’ official website. “You got to give them credit, they were all over us, and we didn’t generate anything.”
Detroit was blanked in its opener for the first time since the 1958-59 season. Jimmy Howard was pulled after allowing five goals on 28 shots.
It didn’t help that a power play featuring forwards Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen with Niklas Kronwall and rookie Damien Brunner at the points managed only five shots.