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(AP) -- The Detroit Red Wings' defensive issues can be partially traced to their poor penalty-killing unit.
Leaking goals is a more recent problem for the St. Louis Blues, but both clubs are staring at a potential three-game slide.
The Red Wings and Blues are looking to show improvement defensively Thursday night when they meet for the third time already this season.
Detroit (4-4-1) opened the season with a 6-0 loss at St. Louis (6-3-0) on Jan. 19, allowing the Blues to go 4 for 5 on the power play. The Red Wings weren't much better in the latest meeting with the reigning Central Division champion on Friday, giving up two more power-play goals in a 5-3 home win.
Of the 28 goals Detroit has surrendered, a league-high 13 have come on the man-advantage.
They've also allowed a league-high two short-handed goals - one to the Blues in the opener.
The penalty kill did Detroit no favors again Tuesday, giving up two goals, with one putting the Red Wings behind by two in the opening period of a 4-1 home defeat to Calgary. That came three days after they blew an early lead by giving up three straight goals in a 4-2 loss at last-place Columbus.
"Catch-up hockey is losing hockey," coach Mike Babcock told the team's official website. "You can't start from behind. You have to start from ahead; that's what you want to do and get playing right from the get-go."
St. Louis is feeling frustrated since they followed last week's defeat to the Red Wings with Tuesday's 6-1 loss to Nashville to open this four-game homestand.
"This is a team loss that has been coming for a little while," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We're allowing the other teams' competitiveness to frustrate us. And it pushes us into individual hockey rather than team hockey."
The Blues haven't dropped three straight in regulation since a four-game skid from Feb. 27-March 5, 2011.
Vladimir Tarasenko will try to help keep them from getting closer to that mark by rebounding from just his second pointless performance this season. The 21-year-old rookie right wing leads St. Louis with 10 points, and three of them have come against the Red Wings, including a two-goal effort in the season opener.
Patrick Berglund is tied with Tarasenko for the team lead with five goals, but he was kept off the scoresheet by the Predators after finding the net four times over the previous five games.
The center has scored in both meetings with Detroit, and he's managed six goals and two assists in the past nine home matchups.
It's unclear if Berglund and Tarasenko will be facing Jimmy Howard, who is expected to be rested at some point during this stretch of three games in four days.
After visiting St. Louis, the Red Wings face Edmonton in the opener of a four-game homestand Saturday before meeting Los Angeles a day later.
Detroit follows that Wednesday with another meeting versus the Blues.
Howard has played all nine games, and he's 1-2 this month, compiling a 3.67 goals-against average and .857 save percentage.
"Obviously, he's been getting too much (work)," Babcock said.
Howard has lost three of his last four starts at St. Louis, and allowed five goals on 28 shots in the season opener before being pulled early in the third period for Jonas Gustavsson.
Since Gustavsson has an injured groin, Petr Mrazek could be in line for his NHL debut. He went 16-7-3 with a 2.26 GAA in 25 games with Grand Rapids of the AHL before being recalled Monday.
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To say things haven’t gone as planned for the Detroit Red Wings to start the shortened hockey season is putting it mildly. Plenty of familiar issues, be them with scoring, the power play or the penalty kill have all reared their ugly heads at inoppertune times.
But, have there also been some bigger issues in between the pipes to complicate these matters?
Rookie Petr Mrazek, one of the gems of Detroit’s minor-league system, will make his first NHL start on Thursday night, as the Red Wings head into St. Louis to take on the Blues.
Multiple reports confirmed the news Thursday afternoon, following rumors of the possible switch in net. The Red Wings just called Mrazek up from Grand Rapids following Detroit’s loss to Calgary on Tuesday...
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This was an extremely stupid thing for Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen to do. I understand he was upset that St. Louis Blues forward David Perron hit him when his back was turned, but that is still no excuse for turning around and spearing Perron right in the midsection. Perron was already going to be assessed a boarding penalty for the hit on Franzen and went to the...
All of a sudden that 6-0 opening season loss to the Blues seems like a long time ago.
Thursday night the Wings defeated St. Louis 5-1 behind an impressive performance by rookie goaltender Petr Mrazek and the third and fourth lines.
Mrazak who made his first career NHL start for a resting Jimmy Howard turned away 26 shots in the win while looking extremely confident between the pipes...
I may be one of five people who had no problem with Red Wings forward Johan Franzen spearing David Perron after Perron smashed Franzen's face into the boards (since Franzen suffered a subdural hematoma after being concussed against the Colorado Avalanche in 2008, and you may remember how Gary Roberts welcomed Franzen back by punching him in the face repeatedly), especially as...
The Red Wings earned all of the zero points they got last night. Calgary came ready to play and Detroit did not. Really, this game was just a replay of the Columbus game from Saturday night. Nothing positive will be said in this post, so if you’re not into that sort of thing, might want to skip this one.
Some brutal honesty after the jump:
Jimmy Howard is not our problem...
Petr Mrazek (centre) made 26 saves in his NHL debut to earn a 5-1 victory. (Photo from Getty Images) Making his NHL debut, 20-year-old rookie goaltender Petr Mrazek made 26 saves to guide the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-1 victory over their division rival St. Louis Blues. After leaning heavily on their top guns [...]
from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
Ask Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock how he can fix what ails his bottom two forward units and he’ll utter a one-word answer.
“Helm,” is Babcock’s response.
Unfortunately, that situation doesn’t look like it’s about to change anytime soon. The Wings will go into St. Louis Thursday to face the Blues once again minus energy...
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Petr Mrazek made 26 saves in his NHL debut, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.
Detroit halted a two-game skid with its second win in three tries against St. Louis this season.
The Blues, who beat Detroit 6-0 on Jan. 19, dropped their third in a row. They have lost three successive games in regulation for...
Detroit (4-4-1, 9 points â 11th, Western Conference) at St. Louis (6-3-0, 12 points â 5th, Western Conference)
Game Time: 7:00pm Central
Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO
TALE OF THE TAPE
Season series: series tied 1-1-0
-- January 19, at St. Louis: St. Louis 6, Detroit 0
-- February 1, at Detroit: Detroit 5, St. Louis 3
My 3 stars of the game
1. Cory Emmerton, DET. 1 goal, 1 assist.
2. Damian Brunner, DET. 1 goal, had a couple other decent chances.
3. Drew Miller, DET. 2 assists.
Honorable mention: Petr Mrazek (28 saves on 29 shots; maybe deserving of a star but I didnât see a lot of âtoughâ saves out of him).
In all honesty, no one really stood out in a positive way...
For the love of God and all that is holy, don't look into their eyes. NO.
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Post By Franklin Steele:
The Wings just caved in the collective faces of the Blues for the second consecutive time since the opening night fiasco (that's my punk band name for the week... nailed it) and I should be pretty stoked about the final score of 5-1. Petr Mrazek played very well, but there is one moment that stands out to me from this game.
Here are your “Leftgovers” from the Nashville Predators game on Tuesday night against the St. Louis Blues…
* Martin Erat returned to the Nashville lineup after missing the San Jose game with an injury sustained in practice.
* He would garner second star honors after posting three points.
* Matt Halischuk – who had 15 goals for the Predators last...