Tonight the Detroit Red Wings faceoff against the St. Louis Blues for the second of five meetings this season at 7:30.
The Red Wings are looking for revenge against the Blues after the drumming they received during the season opener. Detroit looked uninterested and slow during their first meeting of the season. The Wings are not the same team though; they have lost players due to injury, brought in a free agent, but most importantly they are hustling.
St. Louis’ game plan will be to out muscle and outwork the Red Wings. The Blues have a significant height and weight advantage on the Wings, but it isn’t at the cost of skill. Blues’ rookie Vladimir Tarasenko leads the team in points and in the season opener tallied two against the Wings. The defence will have to keep a close eye on him and keep his chances on Jimmy Howard at a minimum.
The Blues proved to the NHL that last year was not a fluke and that they are a force to be reckoned with in the Central.
Detroit will rely on Jordin Tootoo to provide energy for the team by using his body and fists. Every game the Red Wings have had a fighting major in they have won.
This game will come down to special teams for the Red Wings. While their penalty kill has been much better over the past few games (only 2 goals allowed on 18 penalty kills), the power play continues to flounder. The Wings will have to find a way to get the power play going against the Blues because at even strength it will be hard to find good scoring lanes.
Prediction: The Red Wings will continue their inconsistent season and the St. Louis Blues extend their four game winning streak with a 3-1 victory.