Series (Game 4 of 8)

Detroit leads 7-1

Game 1: Saturday, October 22nd
Red Wings6Final
Blue Jackets0
Game 2: Monday, October 24th
Red Wings6Final
Blue Jackets2
Game 3: Tuesday, December 20th
Blue Jackets3Final
Red Wings4
Game 4: Saturday, December 31st
Blue Jackets2Final
Red Wings5
Game 5: Wednesday, January 18th
Red Wings4Final
Blue Jackets0
Game 6: Saturday, March 25th
Blue Jackets5Final
Red Wings4
Game 7: Friday, April 7th
Blue Jackets5Final
Red Wings6
Game 8: Saturday, April 8th
Red Wings4Final
Blue Jackets2

Blue Jackets 2

(12-26-1, 25 pts)

Red Wings 5

(26-9-3, 55 pts)

7:00 PM ET, December 31, 2005

Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan

1 2 3 T
CBJ 1 1 02
DET 0 3 25

N. Lidstrom (Red Wings - D): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

M. Samuelsson (Red Wings - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

H. Zetterberg (Red Wings - LW): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

Columbus (12-25-1) at Detroit (25-9-3) 7:00 pm EST

Columbus (12-25-1) at Detroit (25-9-3) 7:00 pm EST

DETROIT (Ticker) -- With the best record in the Western Conference, the Detroit Red Wings have made things uncomfortable for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Red Wings can finish December with eight wins in 10 games Saturday if they can defeat the Blue Jackets for the fourth time in as many meetings.

After outscoring Columbus, 12-2, in their first two encounters from October 22-24, Detroit needed shootout goals from Jason Williams and Pavel Datsyuk in a 4-3 victory over the Blue Jackets on December 20.

The Red Wings have played once in the last seven days, a 4-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday. Chris Osgood made 27 saves and Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and two assists to help give Detroit its fourth straight win.

Although they are last in the league with 80 goals, the Blue Jackets have their first three-game winning streak of the season and are playing the second contest of a five-game road trip.

Dan Fritsche scored his first tally since netting a pair Opening Night and Rick Nash added a goal and an assist Friday to lead Columbus to its seventh win in nine meetings against the Chicago Blackhawks, a 3-2 victory.

Goaltender Marc Denis has stopped 81 of 83 shots in his last two outings for Columbus, which has won twice in its previous 11 games at Detroit.