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Thursday, February 8th (All times eastern)

Detroit Red Wings (35-14-6) at St. Louis Blues (21-25-8), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The St. Louis Blues attempt to cool off the scorching Detroit Red Wings when the Central Division rivals collide tonight at the Scottrade Center.

Detroit is currently riding a five-game win streak and is 10-2-1 over its last 13 games. The surge has put the Red Wings within a point of Nashville for the top spot in the Central.

One of those victories came at the expense of the Blues last Friday, when Kris Draper scored shorthanded to break a third-period deadlock and Detroit went on to post a 5-3 decision.

The Red Wings continued their winning ways on Wednesday, as Henrik Zetterberg netted a pair of goals to lead the way in a 4-2 triumph over Phoenix at Joe Louis Arena.

Zetterberg's second tally of the night snapped a 2-2 tie early in the third period and was the 100th goal of his career. Robert Lang also scored and Pavel Datsyuk added an empty-netter as Detroit recorded its 11th straight win at home.

The Red Wings outshot the Coyotes by a whopping 48-22 margin, with Dominik Hasek needing to make just 22 saves on the evening.

Detroit did lose defenseman Danny Markov to an undisclosed injury after he absorbed a hard hit along the boards from Jeremy Roenick. The talented Russian is listed as questionable for tonight's contest.

St. Louis will be looking to break out of a recent funk. The Blues were defeated at home by the red-hot Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday, the club's fourth loss in its last five games.

Ryan Johnson had the only goal for St. Louis, while former Red Wing Manny Legace was outdueled by Toronto's Andrew Raycroft between the pipes. Legace stopped just 14 of the 16 shots that came his way.

The Blues, who are tied with Columbus as the NHL's lowest-scoring team (2.40 gpg), may be without one of their key snipers tonight. Left wing Martin Rucinsky had to leave Tuesday's defeat with a groin injury and is a question mark to play this evening.

Detroit had a seven-game win streak at the Scottrade Center broken when the Blues came through with a 2-1 overtime win last month. The Red Wings are still an impressive 10-1-1 (one tie) in their last 12 trips to St. Louis.

Detroit is also 4-0-2 against the Blues this season and has won 14 of the last 17 meetings between the teams.

02/08 10:34:19 ET


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