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Blues, Red Wings sit key names in season finale

Sunday, 04.13.2014 / 12:35 PM

By Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Blues, Red Wings sit key names in season finale

ST. LOUIS -- When the St. Louis Blues host the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday [12:30 p.m. ET, NBC], each team will be without key regular players.

The Red Wings (38-28-15), who will face the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, are playing without forwards Johan Franzen and Daniel Alfredsson, and defensemen Danny DeKeyser and Niklas Kronwall. Goalie Jimmy Howard, who was expected to start, will give way for Petr Mrazek. All are being given the day off.

The wounded Blues (52-22-7), who can still clinch the Central Division title, are without forwards David Backes (foot), Brenden Morrow (foot), T.J. Oshie (upper body), Vladimir Sobotka (lower body), Patrik Berglund (upper body) and Vladimir Tarasenko (thumb), and defensemen Alex Pietrangelo (undisclosed) and Barret Jackman (undisclosed).

Ryan Miller, 0-4-0 with a 4.04 goals-against average and .856 save percentage in his past four games, will start in goal for St. Louis. The Blues will look to avoid losing six straight games to end the regular season.

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