Posted December 05, 2011 on AP on Fox

PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Valtteri Filppula #51 of the Detroit Red Wings skates against the Philadelphia Flyers during preseason action at the Wachovia Center on September 22, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
After struggling against one of the NHL's best scoring teams, the St. Louis Blues might have another challenge in trying to stop the perennially potent Detroit Red Wings. The Red Wings, though, may not have forward Valtteri Filppula available for Tuesday night's visit to the Scottrade Center. In giving up 2.12 goals per game, the Blues (14-9-3) have been one of the NHL's best defensive teams this season. They had allowed two or fewer in 13 of 14 contests before opening a five-game homestand Saturday against Chicago, which handed St. Louis a 5-2 loss as Brian Elliott was beaten four times. "Sometimes they hit you and stay out, sometimes they go in," said Elliott, who had given up two goals or fewer in each of his first 12 games. "I don't think we played the kind of hockey that we wanted to. We just have to learn from tonight. It's not the end of the world." St. Louis, 8-2-3 since Ken Hitchcock took over as coach, will next face a Red Wings ...
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