The Detroit Red Wings usurped the Nashville Predators for the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference standings with a 7-2 drubbing of the NHL's worst team, the Columbus Blue Jackets, on Monday night. The Red Wings have scored 12 goals in their last two games after only scoring 17 in their previous nine games.
Detroit scored four times in the game's first 10 minutes and had a 4-0 lead going into the second period. In the period, the Wings got two power play goals from Tomas Holmstrom (both assisted by Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall); Gustav Nyquist scored in between those goals for his first of his career. Jiri Hudler, Nicklas Lidstrom, Brad Stuart and Pavel Datsyuk added goals in the second and third.
Blue Jackets' goaltender Steve Mason was chased in the second after giving up the sixth goal. Ty Conklin saved 24 of 26 shots for the Wings.
The Red Wings play the Blue Jackets again on Wednesday in Columbus.