February 1, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg (40) races with St. Louis Blues right wing T.J. Oshie (74) to reach a puck in the third period at Joe Louis Arena. Detroit won 3-5. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Preview: Detroit Red Wings At St. Louis Blues

Game three of the five game series against the St. Louis Blue starts tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET.

The Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues split the first two games and the Wings are looking to take the lead in the series. Last time the Wings met the Blues in St. Louis the Blues beat up on them with a 6-0 victory. The Wings will be looking to keep that from happening again, while the Blues will be looking to get the crowd behind them with an early goal.

The Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak was hurt in the last game against the Red Wings and has been out since then, so  Brian Elliott will be getting the start between the pipes.  The Wings tallied 2 of their 5 goals against the Blues on Brian Elliott, one on the power play and one during a delayed penalty call. Oddly enough both were from the same area on the ice, the right side slot.

Projected Line-up


Johan Franzen – Henrik Zetterberg – Damien Brunner

Todd Bertuzzi Pavel Datsyuk – Valtteri Filppula

Daniel Cleary – Justin Abdelkader – Tomas Tatar

Drew Miller Cory Emmerton – Jordin Tootoo


Niklas Kronwall – Brian Lashoff

Kyle Quincey – Jonathan Ericsson

Jakub Kindl – Ian White


Petr Mrazek

If Mike Babcock decides to rest Jimmy Howard today, which wouldn’t be a bad a terrible idea since he has look tired in his last two outings, Petr Mrazek will receive his first NHL start. This is a very tough Blues team so if Mrazek receives the start expect the defence to play tighter.

Ian White and Tomas Tatar make their second starts in a row for the Red Wings. Both had a very good game against the Flames and will be looking to build on their successes.

February 1, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk (13) takes a shot in the third period against the St. Louis Blues at Joe Louis Arena. Detroit won 3-5. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Pavel Datsyuk sent more shots at the net against the Flames than he has all season. None of them counted as shots on goal though, as he only hit iron and bone. He scored against Elliott the last time the Wings played the Blues and tonight he will try to recapture that moment.

Henrik Zetterberg led the Red Wings with 5 points against the Blues in the last game. He will once again try to led his team to victory by putting up big numbers.

Jakub Kindl will once again be in the Leino Lounge as Brian Lashoff will get his second start in a row.

Quick fact – The Red Wings have won 1 out of 5 games in which they did not score first, making the first goal tonight very important. The Wings need to get one behind Elliott early and take the crowd out of the game.

Prediction: Whether it is Howard or Mrazek in net, the Wings are looking to have a bounce back performance against the Blues. After losing two games in a row the Red Wings pull out a win against the Blues, 2-1.

Update: Petr Mrazek will start against the St. Louis Blues. Jakub Kindl is in for Kent Huskins as well.

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