The Detroit Red Wings
will again be without star center Pavel Datsyuk
and starting goaltender Jimmy Howard
when they host the St. Louis Blues
on Wednesday night.
Datsyuk will miss his sixth consecutive game with a lower-body injury. Howard hasn't played since leaving in the third period of Saturday's 4-2 win against Toronto with a left shoulder injury.
Both players hope to be back in the lineup on Saturday when Detroit visits Nashville.
"It's getting better," Howard said Wednesday. "Still a little stiff and soreness in there."
will back up Joey MacDonald
against the Blues.
Forward Kris Draper
and defenseman Ruslan Salei
will be healthy scratches against the Blues.