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Preview: Blues at Red Wings

by Chris Pinkert / Notes by Brett Barczewski

BLUES AT RED WINGS

When: Sunday, Oct. 27 at 4 p.m. CT
Where: Little Caesars Arena in Detroit
Watch: FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports GO
Listen: 101 ESPN, NHL App

 

TEAM SNAPSHOTS

BLUES (5-3-3) Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask put together a 26-save shutout effort on Saturday night at TD Garden, helping Boston to a 3-0 win against the Blues, who had beaten the Bruins on home ice in June to claim their first Stanley Cup title.

David Pastrnak, Anders Bjork and Brandon Carlo scored for Boston, which extended its point streak to six games (4-0-2).

"Bad puck placement tonight," Oskar Sundqvist said. "Kind of didn't get a chance to get in on our forecheck and what we're good at. And I think when we got it, we didn't go low to high enough and let our D-men shoot it. One of those games where we just have to forget, and luckily there's another game tomorrow."

"I mean, we can play better," Blues Head Coach Craig Berube said after the game. "Our second period was not very good, just a little bit sloppy with the puck and stuff. But I thought we had a good first period and I thought we had a good third period."

The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for the Blues, who have a chance to rebound Sunday in Detroit.

RED WINGS (3-8-0) The Detroit Red Wings fired 41 shots on goal Friday, but Buffalo Sabres' goaltender Linus Ullmark stopped all of them to hand Detroit a 2-0 loss in their last game at Little Caesars Arena.

Detroit, who started the season 3-1, has lost seven consecutive games and have been outscored 29-9 in the losing streak.

"I thought we played a pretty solid game defensively, but we didn't score," Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin said. "You can't win a game if you don't score. We need a win in the worst way just to get our confidence back."

Red Wings Head Coach Jeff Blashill liked the effort from his team Friday.

"If we play that game 10 times, we win nine of them," Blashill told NHL.com. "The chances were 21 to seven in our favor, and you aren't going to lose many games like that. We were making things happen, we just can't get anything to go in."

HEAD TO HEAD The Blues and Red Wings meet Sunday for the first of two matchups in 2019-20. The next meeting will be played at Enterprise Center on March 31.

The teams split the season series in 2019-20, with the home team each winning one game.

Ivan Barbashev recorded his first career hat trick against the Red Wings last March, helping the Blues earn their fourth win in the last five games against the Red Wings. Overall, the Blues have points in seven of their last eight trips to Detroit (6-1-1).

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HOT VS. DETROIT

- Justin Faulk has nine points in his last eight games (three goals, six assists)

- Brayden Schenn has eight points in his last seven games (two goals, six assists)

- Alexander Steen has five points in his last four games (five assists)

- David Perron has four points in his last four games (two goals, two assists)

- Alex Pietrangelo has four points in his last four games (one goal, three assists)


BLUE NOTES

Alex Pietrangelo is expected to play in his 700th career game on Sunday. He will become just the second defenseman (Barret Jackman, 803) and just the seventh skater to reach 700 games in franchise history… Since Craig Berube took over behind the bench, the Blues are 20-10-4 (44 points) against Eastern Conference teams, which is the most points of any team in the West in that span... Jaden Schwartz's six-game point streak came to an end Sunday, falling just two games short of his career high.

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