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Blues hope to right the ship Wednesday vs. Detroit

by Chris Pinkert / Notes by Brett Barczewski

ST. LOUIS - After falling to the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night, Alexander Steen said the ship needs to be righted tonight vs. Detroit (7 p.m., NBCSN, KMOX).

"There's still a lot of hockey left to be played," Steen said. "Continuing down this path is not an option. The ship needs to be righted. We have another opportunity tonight. That's our schedule and we felt the way we did after the game last night, but we can't bring that into this game, however hard that is. We need to buck up and get back after it."



BLUES Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals Tuesday and Pietrangelo scored, too, but there wasn't much to be excited about in the locker room following an 8-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild.

"The score is on the scoreboard and there's not much to say about that game," Tarasenko said. "Whatever we have now is not enough. That's it."

Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo was visibly frustrated after the game.

"It's a matter of pride as far as I'm concerned. You give up eight goals, come on," Yeo said. "We've given up 16 in the last three games. We've always been one of the top defensive teams. The turnovers that we have and the lack of respect that we have for our goaltenders and for the game of hockey, that's ridiculous. We have guys that aren't scoring and aren't contributing defensively and are not showing nearly enough as far as what they want to bring to the table in terms of playing for their teammates and defending and being hard to play against."

Video: Yeo honest evaluation after 8-3 loss

RED WINGS Andreas Athanasiou and Darren Helm scored to give the Red Wings a 2-0 lead Sunday, but the New York Rangers would battle back to force overtime midway through the third period. With 5.6 seconds left in overtime, though, Trevor Daley saved the game for the Red Wings with the game-winner.

Jimmy Howard made 36 saves.

The Red Wings improved to 26-26-10 (62 points) but remain seven points out of the second Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.

"I don't like using the word desperate, but that's probably the situation we're in," Red Wings Head Coach Jeff Blashill told after the game. "We need wins now. I prefer urgent. It was good to come out here and get a win in overtime."

"We knew all along that this team is a good team in here," Daley said. "We're good, we just haven't gotten the results. When you're not getting the results, you're questioning what's going on, but we've stuck with it, we're sticking with it, and it's paying dividends right now. It's in our control. If we win our games, who knows what can happen."

HEAD-TO-HEAD The Blues beat the Red Wings 6-1 in the only previous meeting of the season on Dec. 9 at Little Caesars Arena. In that game, the Blues scored six times on just 22 shots.

The Blues have earned points in 10 of their last 11 games against the Red Wings (6-1-4).

Wednesday's game will be the 283rd regular-season meeting between the teams.

Video: Blues, Red Wings renew longtime rivalry


- Brayden Schenn has a four-game point streak (two goals, four assists)

- Pietrangelo has 11 points in his last 13 games (one goal, 10 assists)  

- Vladimir Tarasenko has eight points in 12 career games (four goals, four assists)

- Jay Bouwmeester has six points in his last 11 games (three goals, three assists)

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