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Red Wings and Blues Recap

Red Wings and Blues
RAJ MEHTA, RAJ MEHTA-USA TODAY SPORTS

The Red Wings and Blues met up for the first time this season in Detroit on Wednesday night. Heated rivals in the 80’s and 90’s, these two teams have tamed their battles down from those days. Of course they still don’t like each other one bit and generally create some great games. Detroit entered the game well rested, having played previously on Saturday when they lost in over time to Arizona. They currently sit just 1 point out of a wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. St. Louis on the other hand beat Las Vegas handley at home on Monday before making the trip to Detroit. They sit just 1 point out of first in the Central Division. Both teams should be happy with the start to their season and look to carry that further into this year. Here’s how the Red Wings and Blues played out.

Period One

Detroit knew coming in that they needed to play cleanly. They’ve struggled with that this season ranking in the top ten of teams for total penalty minutes. Mid way through the period they took a minor penalty and the Blues did what they’ve done all year. Pavel Buchnevich pounced on a defensive break down and picked up his 5th of the season. At this point the Blues offense was buzzing. Detroit did generate a few chances but couldn’t sustain anything. Lukas Raymond of the Red Wings got a break away and was able to finish it past Ville Husso. He extends his lead in the rookie scoring leader board. This quick shift of momentum from the goal lead Detroit to generate a few more chances before the end of the first period. They finished the first 20 minutes even at 1 goal a piece.

Period Two

Both teams came out firing early in the second. Fighting hard for possession time and for the best looks on net. Dylan Larkin picked up his 6th goal in his last 6 games as he slammed one home from the slot. As the period went on, both defenses tightened up. Blocked shots and intercepted passes seemed to be the play. Husso and Nedeljkovic both made some impressive stops to keep the score where it was at as well. Things did get scrappy as the period came to a close. A a few hard hits and a few chirps exchanged before and after the horn to end the period. Detroit headed to third up 2-1.

Period Three

After not getting a goal for a bit, David Perron finally found the back of the net and got the Blues even with the Red WIngs early in the third. Shortly after though, Adam Erne got the lead back for the Red Wings when his shot from the point found its way past Husso. Being down again the Blues offense turned up the heat. Nedeljkovic stood tall in his net and at times on his head stopping ever chance the Blues had. A successful couple of penalty kills for the Red Wings really helped them feel as though they could survive anything the Blues threw at them. They did just that, even against six Blues skaters when Husso left the ice with 2 minutes left. Robby Fabbri picked up an empty netter against his former team. The final horn blew, Detroit won 4-2.

Game Takeaways

Detroit knew this game would be a challenge as the Blues have been a solid team the last few years. Their rookies stepped up big once again, Raymond picking up another goal and Seider playing a strong defensive game. Their biggest strong point of the game was their goal tender. Alex Nedeljkovic stood his ground and after one he shouldn’t have let through he was a brick wall. If Detroit had tightened up their defense and focused more on their man than the puck this probably would have been a shutout. They wait at home for the arrival of the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.

St. Louis lost but not for a lack of trying. Their offense was buzzing for much of the game. They did only go 1 for 3 on their power play chances but that is still above their average. Their offensive production was solid throughout the game. Another positive was they never went a man down in the game. Unfortunately for them, a couple defensive breakdowns that allowed goals, and running into a red hot goaltender, lead to this loss. After a tough battle, the Blues will try and rest on Thanksgiving before playing in Chicago against the Blackhawks on Friday.

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