The St. Louis Blues are 10-6-2 with 22 points after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights 5-2 on Monday. With the victory, St Louis moved to within one point of first-place Minnesota in the Central division and is tied with Winnipeg in second place. In the St Louis victory over Vegas the Blues scored three early goals including Justin Faulk’s 100th NHL goal. St Louis has won two of its last three after losing four straight. Robert Bortuzzo is questionable and Brayden Schenn is out.
Detroit looks to snap a four-game losing streak when hosting St Louis on Wednesday. The Red Wings are 8-9-3 with 19 points after losing to the Arizona Coyotes in overtime 2-1 on Saturday. Detroit is fourth in the Atlantic division four points behind third-place Tampa Bay and 10 points behind front-running Florida. The only goal scorer for Detroit in the loss to Arizona was Dylan Larkin, who scored in the first period, but the Red Wings would not score again. Marc Staal is questionable, while Troy Stecher, Mitchell Stephens and Jakub Vrana are out.
St Louis blueline and goalies keeping Blues near the topSt Louis Blues are 10th in the NHL in goals allowed with an average of 2.67 per game and the penalty kill unit for St Louis has been above average at 13th in the NHL with a success rate of 82.0%. Jordan Binnington has appeared in 14 of St Louis’ 18 games this season and the netminder is 7-5-2 with a 2.79 goals-against average and .914 save percentage.
In the attack Zone, St Louis is scoring an average of 3.33 goals per game and it's power play is the second best in hockey as the Blues score 28.8% of the time with the man advantage. Jordan Kyrou and Brandon Saad are the leading goal scorers for St Louis with 8, while Vladimir Tarasenko has scored seven. Robert Thomas has 15 assists to lead St Louis and Kyrou is the leader in overall points with 18. St Louis has scored 15 power play goals.
Red Wings giving up too much in their own end of the iceThe Detroit Red Wings are allowing an average of 3.35 goals per game which is 27th in the NHL. Detroit's penalty-kill unit is 22nd in the league as the Red Wings are killing off penalties successfully 78.7% of the time.Goalie Alex Nedeljkovic is 4-3-3 with a 2.83 goals-against average and .914 save percentage, while netminder Thomas Greiss is 4-6-0 with a 3.41 goals-against average and .901 save percentage.
Detroit is scoring an average of only 2.70 goals per game. The Red Wings' power play must improve as Detroit is 25th in the NHL with a success rate of only 15.8%. The leading goal scorers for Detroit are Tyler Bertuzzi and Dylan Larkin with 9 goals apiece, while Lucas Raymond and Vladislav Namestnikov each have scored seven. Raymond Is the leader in assists with 12 and the overall points leader with 19 while Bertuzzi has 17. Detroit has scored only nine power-play goals in 20 games.
- Detroit is 10-25 in the last 35 against a team in the Central
- The Red Wings are 38-100 in the last 138 as the underdog
- St Louis is 9-4 in the last 13 as the favorite