From the Red Wings perspective, thank goodness the big, bad Columbus Blue Jackets are leaving divisions next season when realignment likely takes place.

How many people thought those words would ever be uttered?

But Columbus did it again Saturday, defeating the Red Wings for the third time this season, 3-0, at Nationwide Arena.

The teams play for the last time this season on 5 p.m. Sunday at Joe Louis Arena.

The only time the Red Wings (12-9-4, 28 points) defeated Columbus this season was Jan. 21 in a shootout.

This is the first time in the 12-year Columbus franchise history the Blue Jackets will have won a season series against the Red Wings.

Saturday, it wasn't even much of a contest, really. And the Red Wings helped a lot.

"We were bad," coach Mike Babcock said. "We weren't prepared to play hard or long enough to have success. It's disappointing, we were a fairly easy two points for them.

"We had been playing real hard defensively and we've been competitive every single night, and I've been proud of our effort. But tonight you can't leave the rink feeling that at all."