The Detroit Red Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets are right back at it again today. After the Blue Jackets took the first of the game of the back-to-back three to two here are your projected line-ups for tonight’s game:
Columbus Blue Jackets
Mikhail Grigorenko -Pierre-Luc Dubois – Oliver Bjorkstrand
Boone Jenner – Max Domi – Cam Atkinson
Nick Foligno – Alexandre Texier – Liam Foudy
Eric Robinson – Riley Nash – Liam Foudy
Vladislav Gavrikov – Seth Jones
Zach Werenski – David Savard
Michael Del Zotto – Dean Kukan
Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella confirmed Elvis Merzlikins will start in goal tonight. Joonas Korpisalo will get the night off after having played last night. Also entering the line-up for the Blue Jackets will be 20-year-old Liam Foudy. He replaces Emil Bemstrom on the fourth line for the Blue Jackets. Columbus is also changing up their top two defense partners. Dylan Larkin’s best friend and sparring partner from Monday’s game Zach Werenski moves down to the second pair with David Savard. While Vladislav Gavrikov moves up to the top pair with Seth Jones.
#CBJ head coach John Tortorella says Elvis Merzlikins starts tonight in Detroit.
— Jeff Svoboda (@JacketsInsider) January 19, 2021
Detroit Red Wings
Tyler Bertuzzi – Dylan Larkin – Anthony Mantha
Filip Zadina – Michael Rasmussen – Bobby Ryan
Vladislav Namestnikov – Valtteri Filppula – Sam Gagner
Mathias Brome – Luke Glendening – Frans Nielsen
Filip Hronek – Patrik Nemeth
Danny DeKeyser – Jon Merrill
Marc Staal – Troy Stecher
On January 18, 2021 before the game, the Detroit Red Wings announced that Robby Fabbri and Adam Erne were out due to COVID protocol. This put Frans Nielsen back in the game instead of a scratch and for the first time in 2021, the Red Wings used a Taxi Squad player in Michael Rasmussen.