Series (Game 1 of 6)

Detroit leads 4-2

Game 1: Wednesday, November 17th
Red Wings7
Game 2: Wednesday, December 15th
Red Wings5
Game 3: Thursday, December 23rd
Red Wings3Final
Game 4: Thursday, January 20th
Red Wings4Final
Game 5: Saturday, March 12th
Red Wings5Final
Game 6: Wednesday, March 30th
Red Wings3

Blues 3

(9-5-3, 21 pts)

Red Wings 7

(12-3-1, 25 pts)

7:30 PM ET, November 17, 2010

Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan

1 2 3 T
STL 1 2 03
DET 1 2 47

D. Cleary (Red Wings - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

B. Rafalski (Red Wings - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 3

J. Abdelkader (Red Wings - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Blues-Red Wings Preview


With Jaroslav Halak in goal, the St. Louis Blues experienced the most memorable first four weeks of a season in franchise history.

The past week is one the Blues would probably like to forget, and traveling to face the surging Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night doesn't seem like the best way to end a four-game slide.

St. Louis got off to the best start in its history at 9-1-2 with Halak posting a 1.46 goals-against average during his first 10 starts.

Since then, the Blues (9-4-3) have been outscored 21-9 during their 0-3-1 skid, and Halak tied a career high for goals allowed in Monday's 6-3 loss at Colorado.

During a seven-game win streak that ended last Wednesday, Halak and backup Ty Conklin -- a former Red Wing -- combined to give up six goals.

Halak allowed three in the first 15 minutes against the Avalanche, and two in a 17-second span in the second period.

"It seems that every time we got one they got one going the other way," center Alex Steen said. "This is a tough one to swallow."

While the Blues have slowed down, the Red Wings (11-3-1) are in position for a season-high fourth straight win heading into the first matchup between the Central Division rivals this season.

Following an injury-plagued 2009-10, Detroit is back among the league leaders in goals per game with 3.40. The Red Wings led the league in that category two seasons ago with 3.52, but were 14th last season at 2.72.

After tallying a season-best six goals against Edmonton on Thursday, they beat Colorado 3-1 on Saturday. Jiri Hudler scored his first goal since returning to the NHL after a season in Russia, and Danny Cleary had his sixth in five games.

Nicklas Lidstrom also extended his point streak to 11 with an assist. The Red Wings captain has two goals and 12 assists during his run.

"I think we have a chance to score some goals," coach Mike Babcock said. "The better we get defensively, the more goals we're going to score. So that will going to continue to be our focus."

Babcock's team, though, gave up 18 goals last season while dropping four of six to the Blues.

Detroit managed to snap a three-game home losing streak to St. Louis with a 4-2 win March 24. The Red Wings are 15-1-2 at Joe Louis Arena since March 10 and have won four straight there.

The Blues won't have Paul Kariya, who had a team-best five goals against the Red Wings last season. The free agent forward is taking this season off to recover from a concussion.

Brad Boyes, who has scored in consecutive games, had three goals in 2009-10 versus Detroit. Andy McDonald was second behind Kariya with six points in those six games, and has five in his last three contests.

St. Louis will likely face Jimmy Howard, who has a 1.65 GAA over the last three games, and is 2-1-1 with a 2.17 GAA in his last four against St. Louis. Chris Osgood is still dealing with a groin injury.

Halak has never faced Detroit, while Conklin has split four starts against his former team.