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Wednesday, November 19th (All times eastern)

Columbus Blue Jackets (5-9-2-1) at Detroit Red Wings (9-7-2-0), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Detroit Red Wings try to extend their unbeaten streak to five games tonight when they welcome the road-challenged Columbus Blue Jackets to Joe Louis Arena for the opener of a home-and-home.

Detroit is 3-0-1 in the last four contests, including Saturday's 1-1 tie in Minnesota to cap off a three-game road trip. Steve Yzerman, who considered resting his surgically-repaired knee, scored the equalizer with 7:42 remaining in regulation.

Goaltender Dominik Hasek turned aside 25 shots in the deadlock, including four in overtime. The Dominator has surrendered only six goals in the last four matches, but is expected to miss tonight's game due to a groin injury.

Future Hall of Famer Brett Hull has scored just one time in the last six games, but is closing in on another career mark. He is nine markers shy of tying the great Marcel Dionne for third place on the NHL's all-time goal- scoring list (731).

Detroit, 5-2-0 at home, will visit the Blue Jackets on Thursday before heading to Minnesota two nights later.

Columbus, meanwhile, is 0-2-2 in its last four and has won only twice in the last 13 (2-8-2-1). On Sunday the Jackets skated to a 2-2 tie with visiting Phoenix. Andrew Cassels scored with 42 seconds left in the third period to help Columbus rally from a two-goal deficit and salvage the deadlock.

Rick Nash posted the other goal for the Blue Jackets, who are winless in their last four (0-2-2). Geoff Sanderson contributed two assists and Cassels added a helper.

With 10 tallies on the season, Nash, the top pick in the 2002 Draft, is tied for fifth in the league. His six scores with the man-advantage tie him for second.

The Blue Jackets, who have yet to win on hostile ice (0-6-1-1), will open a three-game homestand when these teams meet again Thursday. The Islanders and Oilers will also come calling during the set.

Detroit defeated Columbus, 4-1, on October 22 at The Joe and is unbeaten in the last seven meetings (6-0-1). The Blue Jackets have lost three straight, and seven of the eight clashes in Motown.

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