St. Louis Blues
In the first period, Ryan Miller looked like the goalie who limped home 0-5. For the final 80 minutes, 26 seconds, the St. Louis Blues saw the cool, confident backstop they acquired to make the deep playoff run they’ve long sought.
Backup goalie Petr Mrazek kept the injury-riddled St. Louis Blues down heading into the playoffs with his second career shutout in a 3-0 victory for the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.
Plenty has changed since the St. Louis Blues dominated the Detroit Red Wings in the teams’ season opener.
Not exactly the season opener the Detroit Red Wings expected falling to the St. Louis Blues 6-0 on Saturday night.
Detroit begins its quest for a 22nd straight playoff appearance on the road Saturday night against the St. Louis Blues, who are considered a top contender to capture their first Stanley Cup.
With their first division title since 2000 locked up and one of the top two seeds in the Western Conference guaranteed, the St. Louis Blues have turned their focus to raising their game for the playoffs.
The Detroit Red Wings have made good use of extra time in their most recent games, including a few that have kept their team-record home win streak going.
The Detroit Red Wings have lost twice to revitalized St. Louis since the Blues hired coach Ken Hitchcock, but two visits to Joe Louis Arena this week could slow the Blues’ surge.
First Period_1, Detroit, Miller 2 (Abdelkader)
The Red Wings used many adjectives to describe Wednesday’s game, the most notable being “embarrassing” and “disgraceful.” To say it was un-Red Wing-like, a term coach Mike Babcock often uses, would be an understatement.