Whose Streak Will End Tonight?
Two red-hot divisional foes meet at the Joe tonight at 7:30. The Red Wings, winners of six straight sporting an 8-2-0 record over their last ten games host the St. Louis Blues who are riding a four game winning streak with an 8-1-1 record in their last 10. The season series is tied 2-2, with both teams winning two games at home. This trend bodes well for Detroit who will go for their 17th straight home win, nearing the league-record of 20.
The division, conference and league lead are on the line tonight with St. Louis trailing Detroit by only one point in the standings. The Wings will need to continue their dominance of Jaroslav Halak who has been a brick wall over his last fourteen starts. He's 11-0-3 and has shutouts in three of his five most recent starts. His career performance against Detroit is nowhere near as sparkling (2-3-1, 4.35 GAA).
Detroit will look to finish in regulation for only the second time in eight games. They will attempt to set a fast tempo to avoid the Blues' grind-out-a-win style. Three of the four games have been decided by one goal, with the fourth being a 3-0 Detroit victory. If the game does go to overtime and/or a shootout the Wings have the advantage with an 8-1 record compared to St. Louis who is 3-6.
The series point leaders are Hudler (2-1), Kronwall (1-2) and Datsyuk (1-2) for Detroit and Shattenkirk (0-3), Steen (2-1), D'Agostini (2-0) and Arnott (0-3) for the Blues. The Wings get a break because forwards Alex Steen and Andy McDonald are out with concussions. Kent Huskins is also out for St. Louis with an ankle injury. The Red Wings have no injuries except for Patrick Eaves who is still out with a fractured jaw.
The game starts at 7:30 PM and you can follow live updates from TCL-Red Wings on Twitter.