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GDT - Game #80:  Red Wings at Blues (7:30)

For DET (47-27-5) to recapture 2nd place in the Central from NSH (2-1 SO winners over MIN last night), the Wings are going to have to pull a rabbit out of their hat against STL (48-21-10), and:  (A)  win on the road (where DET are 16-21-3 (22nd), (B) win on the road against the Blues #1 in the league home ice record (30-5-4), and as if that weren’t a tall enough task (C) beat Brian Elliott - Elliott has not allowed a regulation goal in his last three starts, he leads the NHL in save percentage (.943) and goals-against average (1.48) while sitting second in the NHL with nine shutouts.

Piece of cake.  LGRW

Central Division Standings:

GP W L OTL PTS ROW
1 y - STL 79 48 21 10 106 44
2 x - NSH 80 46 26 8 100 41
3 x - DET 79 47 27 5 99 39
4 x - CHI 80 44 26 10 98 38
5 CBJ 80 27 46 7 61 23

Team Records:

DET:  79 GP,  47-27-5, 99 pts, (6 in Conf, 4 in Central), 242 GF, 196 GA, Last 10 3-5-2, WON 1

STL:  79 GP,  48-21-10, 106 pts, (2 in Conf, 1 in Central), 204 GF, 156 GA, Last 10 4-3-3, LOST 1

Home/Away Record:

DET AWAY:  16-21-3 (22nd)
STL HOME:  30-5-4 (1st)

Stats (rank):

DET:  .627 point% (6), 2.96 G/G (6), 2.46 GA/G (7), 1.45 5-5 F/A (1), 16.2 PP% (21), 81.1 PK% (21), 32.3 S/G (3), 26.9 SA/G (3),  51.7 FO% (5).

STL:  .671 point% (3), 2.53 G/G (19), 1.86 GA/G (1), 1.42 5-5 F/A (2), 16.7 PP% (17), 85.1 PK% (7), 30.6 S/G (10), 26.5 SA/G (1), 50.5 FO% (13).

Goal Differential/Game:

DET = +0.50
STL = +0.67

Player Stats:
DET Skaters:
GP,  G, A, PTS,  +/-,  ATOI
L Henrik Zetterberg 79 22 46 68 15 19:44
C Valtteri Filppula 78 23 42 65 21 18:13
C Pavel Datsyuk 67 18 46 64 18 19:28
C Johan Franzen 74 26 27 53 20 17:40
C Jiri Hudler 78 25 24 49 11 15:38
R Todd Bertuzzi 68 14 22 36 22 15:36
D Niklas Kronwall 79 15 21 36 -1 22:51
D Nicklas Lidstrom 67 11 23 34 22 23:49
R Danny Cleary 74 12 21 33 3 15:59
D Ian White 74 7 25 32 22 23:07
D Kyle Quincey 70 7 19 26 -1 21:53
C Darren Helm 68 9 17 26 5 14:30
L Drew Miller 77 14 11 25 7 12:51
L Tomas Holmstrom 71 10 12 22 -8 11:52
L Justin Abdelkader 78 8 14 22 6 12:15
D Brad Stuart 78 6 15 21 17 21:04
D Jakub Kindl 54 1 12 13 9 14:03
D Jonathan Ericsson 66 1 10 11 16 16:50
C Cory Emmerton 68 6 4 10 2 8:06
D Brendan Smith 14 1 6 7 3 15:37
C Gustav Nyquist 15 1 6 7 2 10:26
R Chris Conner 8 1 2 3 2 10:33
L Jan Mursak 24 1 2 3 2 7:33
D Doug Janik 9 0 1 1 2 14:30
R Patrick Eaves 10 0 1 1 0 11:02
L Fabian Brunnstrom 5 0 1 1 -2 9:03
C Joakim Andersson 5 0 0 0 1 6:40

DET Goalies:
Player GPI W L OT GAA PCT
Ty Conklin 15, 5-6-1,  3.28,  0.884
Jimmy Howard 54,  34-16-3, 2.14,  0.920
Joey MacDonald 14,  8-5-1,  2.16,  0.914

STL Skaters:
GP,  G, A, PTS,  +/-,  ATOI
R David Backes 79 24 30 54 18 20:00
C T.J. Oshie 77 19 33 52 17 19:32
D Alex Pietrangelo 78 12 38 50 19 24:41
D Kevin Shattenkirk 78 9 33 42 23 21:33
L David Perron 54 19 21 40 20 18:19
C Patrik Berglund 79 18 19 37 3 17:57
C Jason Arnott 70 17 17 34 16 14:07
R Chris Stewart 76 15 14 29 4 15:32
C Alexander Steen 40 14 13 27 24 19:13
R Jamie Langenbrunner 67 6 17 23 10 14:45
C Andy McDonald 22 9 11 20 2 18:34
C Vladimir Sobotka 70 5 15 20 12 15:58
D Carlo Colaiacovo 62 2 17 19 10 19:02
R Matt D’Agostini 53 9 9 18 13 14:13
D Barret Jackman 78 1 12 13 21 20:39
D Roman Polak 74 0 11 11 3 18:51
D Kris Russell 52 5 6 11 13 17:07
C Scott Nichol 79 3 5 8 -5 9:20
D Kent Huskins 24 2 5 7 9 15:29
L Chris Porter 47 4 3 7 -1 10:23
D Ian Cole 26 1 5 6 7 15:54
R Ryan Reaves 58 3 1 4 0 6:30
C Evgeny Grachev 26 1 3 4 -4 9:20
R B.J. Crombeen 39 1 2 3 -2 8:22
C Jaden Schwartz 6 2 1 3 1 12:21
R Adam Cracknell 2 1 0 1 1 7:38
D Cade Fairchild 5 0 1 1 -1 9:39
L Brett Sterling 4 0 0 0 -1 7:33

STL Goalies:
Player GPI W L OT GAA PCT
Brian Elliott 36,  23-9-3,  1.48,  0.943 #1 in Save%, #1 in GAA, #2 in Shutouts
Jaroslav Halak 45,  25-12-7,  1.97,  0.925 #5 in GAA, #4 in Shutouts

TSN - HOT and NOT:

DET: Hot:
Henrik Zetterberg (C/LW) 8 pts in last 5 GP
Jiri Hudler (RW/LW) 6 pts in last 5 GP
Jimmy Howard (G) 1-1-0, 1.94, .926 in last 2 GPI

DET: Not Hot:
Dan Cleary (RW/LW) 0 pts in last 4 GP
Todd Bertuzzi (RW/LW) 0 pts in last 3 GP
Johan Franzen (LW/RW) 0 pts in last 3 GP
Gustav Nyquist (LW/C) 0 pts in last 3 GP
Ty Conklin (G) 2-1-1, 3.59, .869 in last 6 GPI

STL Hot:
Alex Pietrangelo (D) 14 pts in last 14 GP
Kris Russell (D) 2 pts in last 2 GP
David Backes (C/RW) 5 pts in last 4 GP
David Perron (LW/RW) 3 pts in last 3 GP
Alexander Steen (LW) 3 pts in last 3 GP
Brian Elliott (G) 2-0-1, 0.00, 1.000 in last 3 GPI

STL: Not Hot:
Carlo Colaiacovo (D) 0 pts in last 5 GP
Vladimir Sobotka (LW/C) 0 pts in last 12 GP
Patrik Berglund (C) 0 pts in last 3 GP
Jaroslav Halak (G) 0-2-1, 3.59, .883 in last 3 GPI

Injury Report:

DET:
Kyle Quincey (D) Suspended ()
Joey MacDonald (G) Back injury (Day to day
Patrick Eaves (RW) Jaw injury (Injured reserve)
Darren Helm (C) Left knee injury (Sidelined indefinitely)

STL
No Injured Players

Jeff Sagarin NHL Ratings, USAToday

TUESDAY April 3

HOME ADVANTAGE=  0.56 RATING   W   L SCHEDL(RANK) VS top 10 | VS top 16

5 Detroit Red Wings     =  4.52   47 32   3.99(  19)  13 12 |  27 19
1 St. Louis Blues       =  4.61   48 31   3.99(  21)  12 15 |  25 21

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Khan(!) has the Tuesday practice lines:

Filppula-Zetterberg-Hudler
Nyquist-Datsyuk-Franzen
Cleary-Abdelkader-Bertuzzi
Miller-Emmerton-Holmstrom

Lidstrom-Ericsson
Kronwall-Stuart
Kindl-White

Howard (starting)

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The Wings remaining games:
Thu NJD
Sat CHI

The ‘Hawks
Thu @MIN
Sat @DET

The Pred’s
Thu DAL
Sat @COL

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Any live feeds of the game available online?

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