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(SportsNetwork. Corey Davis Titans Jersey .com) - A pair of teams that have gone in opposite directions in December will meet Wednesday, as the Columbus Blue Jackets host the Minnesota Wild in a New Years Eve battle at Nationwide Arena. The Blue Jackets entered this month with a 6-15-2 record on the season, but Todd Richards club has greatly improved its fortunes by posting a 9-1-1 mark so far in December. Despite the surge, Columbus still finds itself nine points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Minnesota, meanwhile, sits five points removed from the Wests final wild card spot after recording a 4-4-3 mark since the start of December. The low point of the rough month came during a 0-2-3 losing streak, a skid the Wild was able to snap with Mondays road victory in Winnipeg. After dropping the home part of a home-and-home series with the Jets in Saturdays 4-3 overtime loss, the Wild answered with a close win two days later in Winnipeg. Ryan Carter, Justin Fontaine and Marco Scandella all scored in the second period to help Minnesota notch the 3-2 decision at MTS Centre. Darcy Kuemper. who missed the opener of the home-and-home due to an illness, was back between the pipes Monday and helped stopped the skid with a 28-save performance. The Wild picked up the victory despite allowing Winnipeg to score twice on three chances with the man advantage. Minnesota went 0-for-4 on the power play. Our guys did a great job staying with it. Im real happy with the way we played the game, the contributions from everybody, Wild head coach Mike Yeo said. The win pushed Minnesotas road record this season to 8-9-0. Yeos club is capping a brief two-game trip tonight before opening the 2015 calendar year by playing four of five games on home ice. The Blue Jackets are 2-1-1 at the start of a five-game homestand after beginning December on a seven-game winning streak. The club had an 8-0-1 point streak snapped with a 5-1 loss to Nashville on Dec. 22, but rebounded from that setback with a resounding win its first tilt following the Christmas break. Columbus emerged from the holiday hiatus on Saturday and recorded a 6-2 win over the Boston Bruins. Scott Hartnell led the offense by scoring twice in his return from injury, while Kevin Connauton added a goal and two assists. Hartnell came back after a five-game absence due to a broken finger and picked up his third multi-goal effort of the season and first since Nov. 8 against Tampa Bay. He scored his teams first two goals on Saturday. Nick Foligno, Matt Calvert and Jeremy Morin also lit the lamp for the Blue Jackets. Jack Johnson and Brandon Dubinsky each chipped in a pair of helpers to back a 26-save effort from Curtis McElhinney. He made some big saves ... especially at the start of the third period, Calvert said of McElhinney. McElhinney started Saturday in place of No. 1 netminder Sergei Bobrovsky, who was unable to suit up for the game due to an illness. However, Bobrovsky is expected to start tonight and owns a 3-1-0 record and 1.68 goals against average in four career games against the Wild. Saturdays win pushed the Blue Jackets home record to 8-9-2. Columbus will head out on the road after tonight, as it will begin a four-game swing Saturday in Arizona. Columbus has won three straight and five of the last seven meetings against the Wild. The clubs have split the last four encounters at Nationwide Arena. Adoree Jackson Jersey . -- Adam Tambellini scored three times and set up one more as the Calgary Hitmen won their sixth in a row by crushing the host Lethbridge Hurricanes 8-1 on Saturday in Western Hockey League play. Taywan Taylor Womens Jersey .com) - The disappointing Ottawa Senators hope to record consecutive wins for the first time since early November, as they visit the Boston Bruins on Friday for the opener of a home-and-home series.(SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Pistons will begin life without Josh Smith on Friday night when they welcome the Indiana Pacers to The Palace of Auburn Hills. In a rather stunning move, the Pistons released Smith on Monday despite two- plus years and close to $30 million remaining on his contract, which he signed prior to last season. Detroits trio of big men - Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond - have not worked as a unit. Its now expected head coach Stan Van Gundy will keep Monroe and Drummond together with Kyle Singler replacing Smith in the starting lineup. Probably a few more post-ups for Andre and Greg and more plays for Jodie (Meeks) and (Kentavious Caldwell-Pope), Van Gundy told the Detroit Free Press. Thats where Id say the majority of that is going to come from. Were gonna ride (Monroe) in the post. Weve done that when hes been in there, but hell get more minutes now. Detroit has dropped four in a row after a two-game winning streak. The Pistons have lost 12 straight at The Palace with their last home victory coming on Nov. 7 against Milwaukee. The Pistons havent played since a 110-105 road loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday. Brooklyn had a 15-point fourth-quarter lead cut down to one after Kentavious Caldwell-Pope buried a 3-point shot with 9.8 secondds left. Corey Davis Youth Jersey. The Nets held on the rest of the way. Caldwell-Pope finished with 20 points and Drummond had 18 along with 20 rebounds -- 13 on the offensive end. However, the Pistons couldnt complete the rally and fell for the 17th time in 19 games. Monroe delivered 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting and pulled down eight boards in the loss. The Pistons hit the road for three straight following Fridays contest. The Pacers have won two in a row, including a 12-point victory over the New Orleans Pelicans at home on Tuesday night. George Hill was in the Indiana lineup for the first time all season and helped the Pacers to a 96-84 win. Hill, who missed Indianas first 28 games due to a right knee contusion sustained in the preseason, scored a team-high 15 points off the bench in 21 minutes of action. He looked great out there, Pacers coach Frank Vogel said of Hill. He just played a great game on both ends. Roy Hibbert supplied 14 points, while Solomon Hill and David West each posted 13 points in the win. C.J. Miles and Watson went for 11 and 10 points, respectively. These two Central Division rivals havent met yet this season, but Indiana has won two in a row and eight of the last nine against Detroit. The Pacers have won four straight at The Palace. 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