NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, March 12th
(All times eastern)
Detroit Red Wings (40-20-8) at St. Louis Blues (31-28-9), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Detroit seemed headed for a fifth straight loss on Friday
before getting some late-game heroics. The Red Wings will hope for an easier
time tonight as they visit the St. Louis Blues and Scottrade Center.
The Red Wings carried an 0-2-2 slide, their longest of the season, into last
night's home game versus the Oilers and didn't get on the scoreboard until
Nicklas Lidstrom tallied with 24.8 seconds left in regulation on a shot that
deflected off an Edmonton stick.
That goal forced overtime and Pavel Datsyuk scored with 43 ticks remaining in
the extra frame for a 2-1 triumph.
"It was a big win for us to come back the way we did," said Datsyuk. "Still,
it was kind of frustrating out there, we had a bunch of chances and weren't
able to put them away."
Jimmy Howard yielded a first-period goal, but made 26 saves in all for the Red
Wings, who lead the Blackhawks by seven points for first place in the Central
Division and the Sharks by three points for the Western Conference's second
The Red Wings will try to snap a three-game road slide tonight and deny the
Blues a fourth straight victory, which would be St. Louis' longest win streak
since winning five straight from Dec. 21-31. The Blues' current run also comes
on the heels of a 1-7 stretch.
St. Louis and goaltender Jaroslav Halak won a much-hyped meeting with Montreal
on Thursday, with Halak making 27 saves in the 4-1 triumph. The Blues
goaltender was facing his former team for the first time since getting traded
this past offseason after helping to lead the Canadiens to the Eastern
"When you get traded, you want to beat them every time you play," Halak said
of matching up with his former team. "We play Montreal only once this year so
this was my only chance. I had to make sure I gave it my best."
Andy McDonald had a goal and two assists, Matt D'Agostini scored versus his
old team and David Backes also lit the lamp for the Blues, who are 10 points
back of a playoff spot with 14 games to play.
St. Louis took to the ice after announcing that both forward Alex Steen and
defenseman Barret Jackman would miss 4-to-6 weeks due to injury. Steen has a
high right ankle sprain, while Jackman suffered a right finger injury that
The Red Wings have won four of their past five versus the Blues, including
three of four this season. They claimed a 4-3 overtime win in the last meeting
on Jan. 20 when Darren Helm scored 1:51 into the deciding frame. St. Louis had
rallied from a 3-0 deficit to earn a point.
Detroit also picked up its seventh victory in its last nine trips to St.
Halak is 1-2-1 with a 4.49 goals-against average in his career versus the Red
Wings, while Howard is 5-2-1 with a 2.70 GAA versus the Blues.
03/12 10:54:28 ET