Series (Game 5 of 8)

Detroit leads 7-1

Game 1: Wednesday, October 5th
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Game 2: Thursday, October 6th
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Game 3: Sunday, November 6th
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Game 4: Saturday, November 19th
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Game 5: Thursday, January 5th
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Game 6: Wednesday, February 1st
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Game 7: Monday, March 27th
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Game 8: Saturday, April 15th
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Blues 0

(10-24-5, 25 pts)

Red Wings 3

(27-10-3, 57 pts)

7:30 PM ET, January 5, 2006

Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan

1 2 3 T
STL 0 0 00
DET 2 0 13

P. Datsyuk (Red Wings - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

H. Zetterberg (Red Wings - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

K. Draper (Red Wings - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

St. Louis (10-23-5) at Detroit (26-10-3) 7:30 pm EST

DETROIT ( news services) -- After a strong finish in 2005, the new year has been a little rocky for the Detroit Red Wings.

Detroit seeks a sixth win in seven games Thursday when it faces the St. Louis Blues for the fifth time this season.

The Red Wings won the first three meetings in the season series before the Blues posted a 3-2 triumph on Nov. 19.

They might get an added boost tonight as Steve Yzerman is expected to return to the lineup for the first time since Dec. 12, when he was sidelined by a groin injury.

"You get hurt once in a while, and you deal with it, and you get ready to play," Yzerman told local reporters Wednesday.

Owners of the best record in the Western Conference, the Red Wings won their last five December games, outscoring their opponents, 22-11. However, that streak ended with Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild.

Tomas Holmstrom scored both goals for Detroit, which has a two-point lead over Nashville in the battle for first place in the Central Division.

Starting a five-game road trip, St. Louis remains last in the league with 10 wins and 25 points and is 29th in goals (103). The Blues are 30 points behind the Red Wings.

Ryan Johnson and Petr Cajanek scored 34 seconds apart in the first period and Mike Sillinger added two assists for St. Louis, which lost for the fourth time in five games with Wednesday's 4-3 defeat to Nashville.

Information from SportsTicker was used in this report.