Found December 07, 2011 on Kukla's Korner:
The Detroit Red Wings’ 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday evening merits a two-word description: earned result. The Red Wings find themselves eye-to-eye with the Blues in the Western Conference standings and limped home (the Wings will at least enjoy their first practice-or-game-free day in ten on Wednesday) the owners of yet another multiple-game losing streak because the Avalanche did a fine job of encouraging a Wings team in still clearly struck in transition to indulge in some particularly bad habits, and the Blues did it better, lulling the Wings into something of a daze before out-hitting, out-working, out-trapping (this is a Ken Hitchcock-coached team we’re talking about) and out-hustling a team that didn’t regain its senses until it mounted a furious and futile comeback. Given that he’s a teaching coach, just like Mike Babcock, Hitchcock told Fox Sports Midwest’s absolutely delighted that his not-so-new team’s now heeding his lessons: Continue reading "Red Wi...

Wings Will Play Tonight Without Filppula

George asked me to update with any news on Flippula while he was out for a few hours… from Ansar Khan of Mlive, Detroit Red Wings forward Valtteri Filppula won’t play in tonight’s game at St. Louis (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Net Detroit) due to the deep cut he sustained on his lower right shin Sunday in Colorado. Filppula skated today at Scottrade Center, but didn’t feel comfortable...

Hitchcock restoring Blues' confidence

ST. LOUIS Not long after his team earned another victory in his short St. Louis Blues tenure, coach Ken Hitchcock marked the growth under his leadership. He called the second period of a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday one of the best the Blues had played since he replaced Davis Payne on Nov. 6. To Hitchcock, his vision had started to mature. Hitchcock spoke...

Blues Assign Grachev to AHL Affiliate

The St. Louis Blues announced that they have assigned former Rangers prospect Evgeni Grachev to their AHL affiliate in Peoria.Grachev, 21, recorded two assists in 17 appearances with the Blues this season.The Rangers traded Grachev to the Blues for a third round pick during June's draft which the Rangers used to draft Steven Fogarty of the Penticton Vees (BCHL)....i killed the...

Is it too late to ‘Vote for Jimmy?’

With less than a month left in the NHL’s All-Starfan balloting, Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard, who was left off the ballot, is way down near the bottom of the “leader board,” but that hasn’t stopped WRIF 101.1 FM’s Meltdown from teaming up with the Wings to engineer a last-minute surge of fan support: The Edmonton Journal’s Jim Matheson, via a Q and A session with...

GDT - Game #26:  Red Wings at Blues (7:30)

An important Central Division tilt tonight.  The Red Wings (16-8-1) are three points out of the Central lead, with three games in hand on CHI.  The Blues (14-9-3) trail DET by only two points. Both teams play a similar game.  Each are excellent at even strength (DET 3rd, STL 2nd), and are among the league leaders in GA/G.  While DET’s PP unit swills some whiskey now and again...

Injury setbacks follow Blues' Colaiacovo

Carlo Colaiacovo knows as well as anyone, there's no getting around it. Over a career that is now in its seventh full season, he has been the definition of "injury prone."

Late penalty on Perron baffles Blues

After climbing out of the rubble behind the Detroit net Tuesday night, the Blues' David Perron skated to the penalty box to serve a two-minute penalty for goaltender's interference.

Red Wings-Blues game-day updates: Fil out, Cleary promoted, realignment talk and shared respect

As a<a href='">Paul ever-so-kindly noted</a> while I was out, Valtteri Filppula will miss tonight’s game between the <a href=""...

Red Wings-Blues quick take: repetitive errors and the paper confidence tiger

The Detroit Red Wings dropped a 3-1 decision to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night because the Wings chose not to learn lessons from their 4-2 loss to Colorado on Sunday, at least until it was too late for anything other than a a final flourish: for the second game in a row, the Wings were out-worked, out-hustled and ground down by a team that paid just a little more attention...

Realignment plan Wings can live with

DETROIT -- Sooner or later they had to do something, and they finally did. In what many believe to be a bold move, the NHL Board of Governors on Monday approved a realignment plan that creates two seven team conferences and two eight team conferences that are geographically based and stress conference rivalries. Pending final approval from the NHL Players' Association, the...

Time to shake blues from previous loss

The loss has lingered for three weeks since the Red Wings last played the Blues. The Wings got shown up in that Nov. 15 game, dropping a 2-1 decision as a result of being badly outplayed after the first period and failing to convert on six power plays. A few days later, the Wings began a seven-game winning streak, but that ended Sunday at Colorado after a similarly flat performance.

1st period update: Blues 0, Red Wings 0

Brian Elliott gets the start in goal for the Blues.
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