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WGD: GAME 74: Red Wings vs. Blues

As the season winds down, the Red Wings are travelling to the mid-west to take on the St. Louis Blues. These two teams have already played each other once this year and it was a 4-3 win for the Red Wings.

The Blues are in a different spot now, though. Back in November, they were in the basement of the league and on the verge of firing their coach. Now, they are holding on to the 3rd place spot in the Central Division.

They are more than likely going to make the playoffs. At this point, they’re playing for home ice.

THE RED WINGS

LW C RW
Darren Helm
DARREN HELM

Rating: 70.4#152 LW

Dylan Larkin
DYLAN LARKIN

Rating: 77.9#31 C

Anthony Mantha
ANTHONY MANTHA

Rating: 74.1#49 RW

Tyler Bertuzzi
TYLER BERTUZZI

Rating: 73.1#60 LW

Andreas Athanasiou
ANDREAS ATHANASIOU

Rating: 76.9#37 C

Luke Glendening
LUKE GLENDENING

Rating: 69.6#122 RW

Thomas Vanek
THOMAS VANEK

Rating: 71.9#78 LW

Frans Nielsen
FRANS NIELSEN

Rating: 71.4#124 C

Taro Hirose
TARO HIROSE
Christoffer Ehn
CHRISTOFFER EHN

Rating: 69.5#126 LW

Michael Rasmussen
MICHAEL RASMUSSEN

Rating: 70.6#147 C

Ryan Kuffner
RYAN KUFFNER
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Dan DeKeyser
DAN DEKEYSER

Rating: 71.1#99 LD

Filip Hronek
FILIP HRONEK

Rating: 71.6#80 RD

Niklas Kronwall
NIKLAS KRONWALL

Rating: 71.5#92 LD

Madison Bowey
MADISON BOWEY

Rating: 68.9#101 RD

Libor Sulak
LIBOR SULAK

Rating: 72.5#68 LD

Brian Lashoff
BRIAN LASHOFF

Rating: 72.1#71 RD

The Red Wings locker room must feel like a revolving door these days with all of the injuries and call-ups they’re dealing with.

Both of their NCAA free agents are drawing into the lineup again. Taro Hirose recorded his first point in his first game against the New York Rangers on Tuesday night. He actually looked pretty good with 13 minutes of ice time.

Libor Sulak was also called up this week on an emergency basis. It appears as though he’ll round out the bottom-pair with AHL veteran Brian Lashoff.

THE BLUES

LW C RW
Brayden Schenn
Brayden Schenn

Rating: 76.5#41 LW

Ryan O'Reilly
Ryan O’Reilly

Rating: 81.4#14 C

Vladimir Tarasenko
Vladimir Tarasenko

Rating: 84.0#2 RW

Jaden Schwartz
Jaden Schwartz

Rating: 76.3#26 LW

Oskar Sundqvist
Oskar Sundqvist

Rating: 71.6#114 C

David Perron
David Perron

Rating: 75.5#38 RW

Patrick Maroon
Patrick Maroon

Rating: 73.2#55 LW

Tyler Bozak
Tyler Bozak

Rating: 73.4#76 C

Robert Thomas
Robert Thomas

Rating: 72.5#92 RW

Zach Sanford
Zach Sanford

Rating: 71.3#102 LW

Ivan Barbashev
Ivan Barbashev

Rating: 70.3#153 C

Alex Steen
Alex Steen

Rating: 72.3#73 RW

Defensive Pairings
Vince Dunn
Vince Dunn

Rating: 76.2#19 LD

Alex Pietrangelo
Alex Pietrangelo

Rating: 80.7#6 RD

Jay Bouwmeester
Jay Bouwmeester

Rating: 72.0#81 LD

Colton Parayko
Colton Parayko

Rating: 78.1#17 RD

Michael Del Zotto
Michael Del Zotto

Rating: 72.2#76 LD

Robert Bortuzzo
Robert Bortuzzo

Rating: 72.4#61 RD

The Blues points leader is Ryan O’Reilly who has a very nice 69 points going into the game tonight. Tarasenko has struggled with injuries this year, but having him back on O’Reilly’s wing will certainly help the centerman hit his miletone.

Overall, this team has talent spread throughout the roster, with Alex Steen on the fourth line and surprisingly strong second and third lines. They’ve also got strong depth on their blueline with Michael Del Zotto on the bottom-pair and Colton Parayko in the top-4.

BETWEEN THE PIPES

Jonathan Bernier vs Jordan Binnington

Bernier will get the nod tonight after playing exceptionally well his last couple of games. He’s bee facing an extreme amount of shots keeping his goals against relatively low.

The Blues will be starting Jordan Binnington, who’s been a huge part of their comeback this season. The young goalie is 18-4-1 with a .930 save percentage so far this year.

HOW TO WATCH

Puck drop tonight is at 8:00 P.M. ET and you’ll be able to watch the game on Fox Sports Detroit.


Detroit is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games – from our friends at OddsShark