Final SO

Series (Game 7 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
SO
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
SO
Red Wings4
Game 7: Friday, April 7th
Blue Jackets5Final
SO
Red Wings6
Game 8: Saturday, April 8th
Red Wings4Final
Blue Jackets2

Blue Jackets 5

(32-40-4, 68 pts)

Red Wings 6

(53-15-8, 114 pts)

7:30 PM ET, April 7, 2006

Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan

1 2 3 SO T
CBJ 1 2 2 05
DET 1 3 1 16

K. Draper (Red Wings - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

R. Nash (Blue Jackets - LW): Goals: 3, Assists: 0

B. Shanahan (Red Wings - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Columbus (32-40-3) at Detroit (52-15-8) 7:30 pm EDT

Columbus (32-40-3) at Detroit (52-15-8) 7:30 pm EDT

DETROIT (Ticker) -- The Detroit Red Wings likely will be the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs, but they are not even the hottest team in their matchup with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday.

Detroit, which has won four of its last five games, leads Dallas by seven points for the top spot in the West with seven games to play.

The Red Wings are coming off a 2-1 shootout triumph over Calgary on Monday as Pavel Datsyuk and Jason Williams tallied in the shootout and Chris Osgood finished with 27 saves.

However, Datsyuk suffered a lower-body injury in the victory and could potentially miss the rest of the regular season.

The Blue Jackets are eliminated from playoff contention but enter Friday's contest with a franchise-best six-game winning streak. The team's latest victory came Monday in a 3-1 triumph against Nashville behind goals by Manny Malhotra, Jason Chimera and Mark Hartigan.

Rookie goaltender Pascal Leclaire made 36 saves for Columbus, which has lost 21 of 27 all-time matchups with Detroit.

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