NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
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
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
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
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