Game 21 Preview: Detroit returns home to host St. Louis

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The Detroit Red Wings return home against the St. Louis Blues after losing all four road games within six days.  Three days off and a return to home ice should help rejuvenate an exhausted Red Wings team.

St. Louis are on a one game winning streak after defeating Vegas 5-2 on Monday night.

Tonight the Red Wings host St. Louis at LCA in Detroit, MI.  Game time is 7:30 PM ET.

Red Wings Notes

  • Detroit are currently 4th in the Atlantic Division with a 8-9-3 record
  • The Red Wings special teams are currently ranked 23rd in the NHL, PP 15.8%, PK 78.7%
  • Lucas Raymond continues to lead the Red Wings in scoring with 12 assists and 19 points in 20 games
  • Tyler Bertuzzi and Dylan Larkin lead Detroit with nine goals each
  • Bertuzzi also leads the Red wings with a +9 rating
  • Moritz Seider leads all Red Wings defensemen in scoring with 13 points in 20 games
  • Alex Nedeljkovic is expected to start and has a 4-3-3 record, 2.83 GAA, and .914 SV% in 12 games
  • Coach Blashill announced on Tuesday that defenseman Troy Stecher (wrist) and center Mitchell Stephens (lower body) will be out until after the Olympic break in February
  • The Red Wings recalled 27-year-old defenseman Dan Renouf from Grand Rapids this morning.  Renouf played 18 games with Colorado last year

Detroit Projected Lineup

Forwards

Tyler Bertuzzi – Dylan Larkin – Lucas Raymond

Robby Fabbri – Pius Suter – Filip Zadina

Vladislav Namestnikov – Michael Rasmussen – Adam Erne

Givani Smith – Joe Veleno – Sam Gagner

Defensemen

Nick Leddy – Filip Hronek

Danny DeKeyser – Moritz Seider

Jordan Oesterle – Gustav Lindstrom

Goaltenders

Alex Nedeljkovic (starter)

Thomas Greiss

Not in lineup
Marc Staal (illness), Dan Renouf (healthy), Carter Rowney (healthy)

Blues Notes

  • St. Louis are currently 2nd in the Central Division with a 10-6-2 record
  • The Blues special teams are currently ranked 5th in the NHL, PP 28.9%, PK 82.0%
  • Jordan Kyrou leads the Blues in scoring with  18 points in 18 games
  • Kyrou and Brandon Saad lead St. Louis with eight goals
  • Robert Thomas leads the Blues with 15 assists
  • Defenseman Justin Faulk leads the Blues with a +8 rating
  • Goaltender Jordan Binnington is expected to start and has a 7-5-2 record, 2.79 GAA, and .914 SV% in 14 games

St. Louis Projected Lineup

Forwards

Jordan Kyrou – Ryan O’Reilly – David Perron

Pavel Buchnevich – Robert Thomas – Vladimir Tarasenko

Brandon Saad – Oskar Sundqvist – Ivan Barbashev

Klim Kostin – Tyler Bozak – James Neal

Defensemen

Marco Scandella – Colton Parayko

Torey Krug – Justin Faulk

Scott Perunovich – Niko Mikkola

Goaltenders  

Jordan Binnington (starting)

Ville Husso

Not in lineup

Brayden Schenn (upper body), Robert Bortuzzo (undisclosed), Jake Walman (healthy)

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