The Detroit Red Wings’ final game of the season is against the St. Louis Blues in the afternoon, at 12:30 p.m. EDT.
The Red Wings dropped their last home game to the Hurricanes and will be looking for a rebound game tonight before heading to Boston. The Wings need to look at this game as a warm-up for the Playoffs; it will be a though, grinding game and the Wings’ third and fourth lines need to produce.
The Blues are 0-0-5 in their last five games and have key injuries to David Backes, T.J. Oshie, Vladimir Tarasenko, Derek Roy, Vladimir Sobotka, Brenden Morrow, and Patrik Berglund. The Red Wings cannot count out the Blues because Ryan Miller is still between the pipes.
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- The Red Wings have a 142-135-37 overall record against the Blues and sport a decent winning percentage of 45.2% against them in St. Louis.
- Since 2010, the Red Wings are 12-12-0 against the Blues and this will be the final meeting between these teams this season.
- The Red Wings lost four to one against the Blues on January twentieth and will be looking for payback.
- Daniel Alfredsson is sitting this one out and Joakim Andersson will be taking his spot on the third line.
- Even though Alfredsson is sitting a game, he will be good to go once the playoffs begin.
- Gustav Nyquist and Johan Franzen need to step up and get on hot streaks for the playoffs
- This is Jimmy Howard‘s ship now and he will have to prove he can get the job done in net.
- The defense has struggled lately, but Jakub Kindl has been better of late defensively and Brendan Smith continues to shine next to Niklas Kronwall.
- Danny DeKeyser, Kyle Quincey, and Brian Lashoff need to be more consistent.
Prediction: The Detroit Red Wings at St. Louis Blues game should be a rough one; the Blues like to be physical and Detroit cannot back down. 3-2 victory for St. Louis.
[UPDATE] Niklas Kronwall, Danny DeKeyser, Daniel Alfredsson, Johan Franzen, and Jimmy Howard all received a rest today.