The St. Louis Blues and the Detroit Red Wings, the top two teams in the Central Division, square off for the 5th of 6 games against eachother this season. The Blues managed to win the first two behind goalie Brian Elliott, but have dropped the last two with the same goaltender. Some might think that Elliott would get the nod since he hasn’t played since January 12th, but Jaroslav Halak has yet to get an opportunity against Detroit this year and tonight might be the night.
There’s not much, if anything, that you can say bad about these two team. The Blues definitely have to come into this match with a different gameplan and perspective. This isn’t the same Edmonton and Buffalo teams that they just faced. This is the best team in the league. Regardless of St. Louis having the best home record in the league, look at what Detroit is doing right now. They’ve won 16 straight games at Joe Louis arena. The last time these guys lost at home was way back on November 4th against the Calgary Flames. After four games against the Red Wings, you know they’ve caught onto the Blues plan and let’s just hope that St. Louis has done the same with them.
There’s no doubt this is going to be a toe-to-toe game. One mistake is all it’s going to take to throw the game away for either team. Captain David Backes needs to have a game like he did back on Saturday night when he tallied 4 points(2 goals) against the Sabres. T.J. Oshie is another player who continues to shine. We’re still waiting on Alexander Steen to make a return who has missed the past 11 games due to a concussion. The Blues have continued to play well despite losing Steen, but his return is surely anticipated.
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