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Thursday, November 20th (All times eastern)

Detroit Red Wings (10-7-2-0) at Columbus Blue Jackets (5-10-2-1), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Detroit Red Wings try to extend their unbeaten streak to six tonight when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena for the back end of a home-and-home.

Brett Hull scored twice to lead the Red Wings to a 5-1 win over the Blue Jackets on Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena. Tomas Holmstrom, Steve Thomas and Kris Draper also tallied for the Red Wings, who are 4-0-1 during their current tear.

Manny Legace made 37 saves for Detroit, spelling starter Dominik Hasek, who missed the contest with a lingering groin injury originally suffered last month. Hasek is expected to miss this evening's tilt as well, meaning that Curtis Joseph will likely get the call in net.

Hull is closing in on yet another mark to put on his sure-bet Hall of Fame resume. He is now seven goals shy of tying the great Marcel Dionne for third place on the NHL's all-time goal- scoring list (731).

Detroit, 4-5-2 on the road, will visit Minnesota on Saturday.

Geoff Sanderson scored the lone marker for Columbus, which is winless in its last five games overall (0-3-2). Goaltender Marc Denis made 37 saves in the losing cause, including 17 in the second period.

The Blue Jackets hope that some home cooking will do them well, as they remained winless in nine road games this season (0-7-1-1). They are a solid 5-3-1 in the friendly confines of Nationwide Arena.

Columbus will host the Islanders on Saturday before inviting the Oilers to town next Tuesday.

Detroit is 7-0-1 in the last eight meetings with Columbus, and 4-0-1 in the last five played in Ohio.

11/20 10:37:46 ET


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