The Detroit Red Wings have lost four consecutive games, most recently suffering a 2–1 overtime defeat at the hands of the lowly Arizona Coyotes.
After three days off, the Wings will return to action against the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday looking to get back on track at home. All four of Detroit’s most recent setbacks came on a four-game road swing from Nov. 15–20; the Wings last won on Nov. 13, defeating the Montreal Canadiens 3–2 in overtime at Little Caesars Arena.
Detroit outshot the Coyotes 34–29 on Saturday but beat goaltender Scott Wedgewood just once, when team captain Dylan Larkin scored on a breakaway early in the first period. Lucas Raymond extended his lead atop the Red Wings’ scoring leaderboard with the lone helper on Larkin’s goal.
Ryan Dzingel and Clayton Keller scored for Arizona, which improved to 3–13–2 with the win and currently ranks dead-last in the National Hockey League with a .263 points percentage.
St. Louis is in the midst of a topsy-turvy season. The Blues defeated the Vegas Golden Knights by a 5–2 score on Monday but also recently lost to the likes of the Coyotes and the Dallas Stars. Their .611 points percentage ranks 12th in the NHL.
The Red Wings
Detroit practiced with these lines on Nov. 23:
Tyler Bertuzzi – Dylan Larkin – Lucas Raymond
Filip Zadina – Pius Suter – Robby Fabbri
Vladislav Namestnikov – Michael Rasmussen – Adam Erne
Sam Gagner – Joe Veleno – Givani Smith
Danny DeKeyser – Moritz Seider
Nick Leddy – Filip Hronek
Jordan Oesterle – Gustav Lindstrom
On Tuesday, Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill revealed Mitchell Stephens and Troy Stecher will both remain sidelined with injuries until at least the Olympic break in February. Defenseman Marc Staal is day-to-day with a non-COVID illness.
Alex Nedeljkovic (4–3–3, .914 SV%) was solid in Detroit’s loss to the Coyotes on Nov. 20, making 27 saves on 29 shots. Expect him to get the start against St. Louis on Wednesday.
St. Louis elected to use these combinations against Vegas on Nov. 22:
Jordan Kyrou – Ryan O’Reilly – David Perron
Pavel Buchnevich – Robert Thomas – Vladimir Tarasenko
Brandon Saad – Oskar Sundqvist – Ivan Barbashev
Klim Kostin – Tyler Bozak – James Neal
Torey Krug – Colton Parayko
Scott Perunovich – Justin Faulk
Niko Mikkola – Marco Scandella
The Blues might be getting Brayden Schenn back on Wednesday, The Athletic‘s Jeremy Rutherford reported on Nov. 23. Schenn has missed nearly a month with an upper-body injury.
Berube says in his weekly chat with @101ESPNFastLane there’s “a really good chance” Schenn plays Wednesday. Berube said Schenn wanted to play Monday, but Berube was wary of that.
For those who have been asking, I believe Schenn will be at center, so build your lines accordingly.
— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) November 23, 2021
Expect Ville Husso to start in goal for St. Louis on Wednesday. The 26-year-old Finn is 2–0–0 this season with a sparkling .984 save percentage and one shutout.
Detroit: Lucas Raymond (seven goals, 19 points); Tyler Bertuzzi (nine goals, 17 points); Dylan Larkin (nine goals, 16 points); Moritz Seider (two goals, 13 points); Vladislav Namestnikov (seven goals, 10 points).
St. Louis: Jordan Kyrou (eight goals, 18 points); David Perron (six goals, 17 points); Robert Thomas (two goals, 17 points); Vladimir Tarasenko (seven goals, 16 points); Torey Krug (three goals, 10 points).
Players to watch
Detroit: With Troy Stecher set to miss significant time with a wrist injury, now could be the time for Gustav Lindstrom to grab a permanent role on the Wings’ defense. The 23-year-old Swede has already appeared in 14 games for Detroit this season and his spot looks safer than ever. Once Marc Staal returns, he’ll probably slot back in on Lindstrom’s left side. That duo has spent 110:45 together at 5-on-5 this year and has posted a terrific 57.09 expected goals percentage in those minutes (via Natural Stat Trick).
St. Louis: The Red Wings are very familiar with Torey Krug, who spent nine seasons playing in the Eastern Conference with the Boston Bruins before signing with the Blues as a free agent in 2020. Krug, 30, has six goals and 18 points in 27 career games against Detroit. In his career, he’s only been more productive against the Minnesota Wild, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Toronto Maple Leafs.
Viewing and listening options
Wednesday’s Red Wings game will be broadcast on Bally Sports Detroit Plus starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. It’ll be sent over the airwaves on WXVT-FM 97.1 “The Ticket” in the Detroit area, as well as on the Red Wings’ official website.
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