Sun, 28 Nov 2021

Blues, Red Wings face off amid poor Novembers

Field Level Media
24 Nov 2021, 06:55 GMT+10

In addition to being traditional rivals in the old Norris Division and Western Conference, the St. Louis Blues and host Detroit Red Wings also have subpar November performances in common when they meet Wednesday.

St. Louis will make its only trip to Detroit on the season having lost seven times in November, five of which have been in regulation.

There are a couple of silver linings for the Blues, one being that they are still in good shape in the standings.

St. Louis (10-6-2, 22 points) enters second in the Central Division.

Second, the Blues are coming off a 5-2 win at home on Monday over Vegas, a game that saw St. Louis rally after falling behind 2-0.

St. Louis head coach Craig Berube credited his players for keeping up morale on the bench despite the deficit and the fact that the Blues had lost five of their previous six games going in.

"We ended up coming back and guys did a nice job," Berube said.

Meanwhile, the Red Wings are on a four-game losing streak, gaining only one point in a recent four-game road trip. That point came courtesy of a 2-1 overtime loss to the league's worst team, the Arizona Coyotes.

Detroit (8-9-3, 19 points), which has also lost seven games in November, is fourth in the Atlantic Division.

The Red Wings have played a lot recently and are tied with Montreal and Toronto for most games played in the NHL with 20 going into Wednesday's action.

Detroit hopes a little break and chance to practice more will help it recover from its recent slump.

"We're getting back home," Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin said. "We're going to have a couple of hard practices and start figuring some things out. Get back to what makes us successful, which is playing hard, playing together and playing fast."

Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill said he's not as concerned with the recent losing as he is with the big picture -- the entire season.

"To me, it's not about during a game, it's about over a long period of time staying with it and doing it right," he said. "I think if we do that, we can get ourselves back on track here. You earn your confidence through good play. As we look back at (Saturday's) game, we'll point out the things we did right, the things we did wrong, the things we need to get better at. Ultimately, we've got to get back, get ourselves reset and try to find a way to win on Wednesday night."

This will be the first of two meetings between the traditional rivals.

The teams will play again in St. Louis on Dec. 9.

"You can't take anyone lightly," said St. Louis defenseman Justin Faulk, who scored his 100th career goal against Vegas. "As soon as you do that, you end up on the wrong side and they kind of make you look silly."

--Field Level Media

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