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Tuesday, March 11th (All times Eastern)

Detroit Red Wings (29-22-13) at Columbus Blue Jackets (33-26-5), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - An important battle in the Eastern Conference playoff race is on tap Tuesday, as the Columbus Blue Jackets welcome the Detroit Red Wings for the key clash at Nationwide Arena.

The Blue Jackets and Red Wings enter Tuesday's showdown tied for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 71 points apiece. Both clubs have 18 games remaining in the regular season and they'll face each other once more when Detroit visits Columbus again on March 25.

"It says it right there. We both have 71 points," Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard told the Red Wings official web site. "All you have to do is look at the board and you see the significance of the game."

The clubs are just one point in front of Washington, two ahead of New Jersey and three points clear of Ottawa in the crowded postseason race. Both the Capitals and Devils are in action on Tuesday, while the Senators are idle.

Columbus began its game Monday night in Dallas, but the contest was postponed after Stars' forward Rich Peverley suffered a medical emergency while on the bench early in the first period.

Peverley, who had a procedure performed during the preseason to correct an irregular heartbeat, collapsed shortly after completing a shift as players from both teams frantically called for medical personnel to assist the nine- year veteran. The incident occurred with 13:37 remaining in the first period and the Blue Jackets holding a 1-0 lead.

Peverley was transported to a local hospital after being attended to for several minutes, and the Stars later issued a statement saying that he was conscious and his current condition is not life-threatening. Peverley regained consciousness before he left American Airlines Center and Stars head coach Lindy Ruff remarked that he was asking to get back in the game.

A makeup date for Monday's contest has yet to be determined.

Columbus enters Tuesday's game having won four of its last five outings overall and the club is 18-11-2 this season on home ice. The Blue Jackets are trying to make the postseason for just the second time in franchise history. Columbus qualified for the playoffs in the spring of 2009 but was swept out of the first round by Detroit.

The Blue Jackets had won four straight meetings against Detroit before the Red Wings snapped the skid with a 2-1 home win on Oct. 15. Despite that road loss from earlier in the season, Columbus has taken two in a row, three of four and four of its last six home meetings against Detroit.

The Red Wings enter Tuesday's showdown having lost three of their last four games and head coach Mike Babcock was less than pleased with his team's effort in Sunday's 3-0 road loss to the New York Rangers.

Detroit sent 30 shots on net in the loss, but were unable to get any of them past Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

"(We) never made it hard on Lundqvist," Babcock said. "I was disappointed with our group. As a coaching staff, we didn't have them well prepared."

Howard allowed all three goals on 31 shots for Detroit, which is still playing without a group of key players due to injury, including captain Henrik Zetterberg and star forward Pavel Datsyuk.

Beginning with Tuesday's tilt, the Red Wings are playing two straight and three of their next four games on the road. Detroit is 17-11-4 as the visiting team this season, but has lost its last two games as the guest.

03/11 10:39:27 ET

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Final
ECU 58
FRES 52
2nd
CIN 56
NCCU 50
 
4th
WAS 69
ATL 68
 
Half
MIA 62
GSW 61
 
2nd
MIL 41
DET 46
 
2nd
NOP 33
SAC 40
 
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CHI
3rd
UMO 21
OHIO 7
 
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ECU 58
FRES 52
Final
ELON 74
MRGST 73
 
Final
MIZZ 61
PURD 82
Final
MAR 55
HAW 62
Final
UNF 77
LIB 57
 
Final
CHAM 85
BYU 121
Final
BUCK 58
MDES 55
 
Final
UGST 85
WCU 70
 
Final
UWGB 64
EVAN 62
 
2nd
ARST 65
ALA 66
 
2nd
OHIO 60
ARKPB 54
 
2nd
UNH 63
BU 60
 
2nd
OU 65
CHIST 56
 
2nd
TOL 73
DET 73
 
2nd
CLMB 50
FD 43
 
Final
QUIN 50
HART 54
 
2nd
SFLA 64
HOF 66
 
Final
HARV 84
HOU 63
 
2nd
BONA 68
JST 60
 
2nd
STJOE 64
LIU 65
 
2nd
SYR 70
GHND 32
 
Final
MLOWELL 102
MTIDA 57
 
2nd
CIN 56
NCCU 50
 
2nd
VT 46
NIOWA 66
 
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WOFF 82
OHVALLEY 54
 
2nd
TEMPL 66
PENN 61
 
2nd
RUTG 43
PETE 57
 
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BGU 62
SEMIZ 52
 
2nd
LAS 73
Terriers 60
 
Final
UVA 79
TENST 36
 
2nd
KENT 92
TXARL 42
 
2nd
FSU 66
CITA 55
 
Final
PBY 63
TOCC 40
 
2nd
COOK 44
TENNM 68
 
Final
WMARY 83
WILL 49
 
2nd
USB 57
WKENT 57
 
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HIGH 88
WMPEACE 71
 
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SMU 29
ARK 40
 
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ARMY 54
BING 33
 
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CSOU 56
CARK 34
 
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UMBC 36
HOW 43
 
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ARZ 36
KYST 36
 
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OREG 38
VCU 39
 
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PSU 32
AKR 45
 
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SCST 36
CIU 23
 
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CREI 39
EILL 20
 
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ALAAM 27
JVST 33
 
Half
ABCHRIST 37
JCHR 27
 
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TXSA 33
LOYC 27
 
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NDST 39
MNCROOK 34
 
1st
NEB 40
NEOM 32
 
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VANDY 38
NORST 23
 
1st
STLU 18
NCAT 21
 
Half
MTST 26
NARZ 26
 
1st
TTU 37
NWST 28
 
1st
TULA 37
SOUTH 26
 
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ILLCH 45
STXAVIER 34
 
Half
TEX 36
RFLSH 23
 
1st
BRAD 19
TAMCC 15
 
1st
SMISS 35
TROY 38
 
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DRAK 34
IUPUI 25
 
1st
ARKST 35
LAM 33
 
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FLGC 9
USF 10
 
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WIN 2
 
1st Intermission
NAS 1
LOS 1
 
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OTT 0
 
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DAL 0
EDM 0
 
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