Saturday, November 19, 2005

GameDay: vs. St. Louis (3-12-3, 9 Pts) 7:30 ET

Tonight is the fourth of eight games between these two Central Division teams this season. The Wings have won the first three, with scores of 5-1, 4-3 and most recently, 4-1.

Detroit has lost three in a row, including one loss in overtime. The losses came on a short three-game trip to Western Canada that was almost a complete failure (they did get one measley point). While all three games were not acceptable performances, Thursday's game in Edmonton was probably the worst. They led 3-1 going into the third period and ended up going down 5-3 after giving up four quick goals. They did fight back to tie it up and take it overtime but they ended up losing anyway. That collapse does not instill confidence. They have a chance to get back in the saddle tonight though.

The Blues have had an awful season so far. Before their 2-0 win over Columbus on Wednesday, they had lost 11 in a row. Even that win over Columbus is nothing to be too proud of, since they are almost as bad. The two teams are very much at the bottom of the NHL standings. How the mighty have fallen.

Manny Legace will be in net for the Wings.

Detroit should thank the hockey scheduling gods for this one. To come off a disaster road trip like that and have a game against an opponent like the Blues is a blessing. They can start getting things back on track tonight. They'd better because they have a tough week coming up, with games against the Predators, Avs, Ducks and Sharks.


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