Final SO

Series (Game 6 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 5

(28-40-3, 59 pts)

Red Wings 4

(48-15-7, 103 pts)

7:30 PM ET, March 25, 2006

Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan

1 2 3 SO T
CBJ 0 0 4 15
DET 2 1 1 04

J. Balastik (Blue Jackets - LW): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

D. Vyborny (Blue Jackets - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

P. Datsyuk (Red Wings - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Columbus (27-40-3) at Detroit (48-15-6) 7:30 pm EST

Columbus (27-40-3) at Detroit (48-15-6) 7:30 pm EST

DETROIT (Ticker) -- On their way to another 50-win season, the Detroit Red Wings have handled the Columbus Blue Jackets with ease.

Detroit tries to defeat Columbus for the sixth time in as many meetings and post its eighth victory in nine games when the teams square off Saturday.

The Red Wings have outscored the Blue Jackets, 29-7, in their five encounters this season, including a pair of shutouts. The closest Columbus came to spoiling that streak was a shootout loss to the Red Wings on December 20.

Detroit has taken 10 of the 12 home matchups against Columbus and have a 21-4-1 all-time record in the rivalry. Tied with Ottawa for the league's best record, the Red Wings have a five-point edge over Dallas for first in the Western Conference.

Manny Legace made 28 saves and Tomas Holmstrom scored his 24th goal for Detroit in Thursday's 4-0 triumph over the San Jose Sharks.

Although the Blue Jackets have dropped five of their last six, they need three wins in their final 12 games to set a franchise single-season record.

Jason Chimera scored the go-ahead goal with 2:47 remaining and Adam Foote had three assists for Columbus, which ended a five-game losing streak with Thursday's 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames.