Blues-Red Wings Preview
GAME: St. Louis Blues (29-22-7-1) at Detroit Red Wings (34-16-8-2).
TIME: Friday, 7:30 p.m. EST.
The milestones keep piling up for Brett Hull this season.
Detroit's star winger hopes to help his team gain sole possession of first
place in the Western Conference as the Red Wings host the St. Louis Blues.
Hull scored on a one-timer in the second period of Detroit's 5-2 win on
Wednesday, matching Dave Andreychuk's NHL record with his 263rd power-play
goal. Andreychuk has scored three power-play goals this season for the Tampa
"I was sitting beside him when he came off, and I said, `Did you realize
that?' and he just kind of gave me the Brett Hull smile," said Kris Draper,
who added two goals. "It was in typical fashion, too, with his one-timer."
Hull, who did not speak to reporters after the game, scored his 732nd goal
on Dec. 8, passing Marcel Dionne for third on the NHL all-time list. The
39-year-old Hull, who now has 737 goals, trails only Gordie Howe (801) and
Wayne Gretzky (894).
"It was a classic Brett Hull goal," Detroit coach Dave Lewis said of
Hull has scored 21 goals this season, including eight with the man
advantage, for Detroit, which is tied with Colorado atop the conference
standings with 78 points. The Avalanche play in Dallas on Friday.
The Red Wings, who lead second-place St. Louis by 12 points in the Central
Division, have gone 6-1-2 over their last nine games.
The Blues are coming off Thursday's 4-3 overtime win over the Lightning,
giving them their first three-game winning streak since they won six in a row
from Dec. 6-18.
Doug Weight scored the game-winner at 1:06 of overtime and Dallas Drake had
three assists for St. Louis, which has scored four goals in consecutive games
after not scoring that many in a game since Jan. 15.
Center Pavol Demitra returned to the lineup after missing nine games with a
STANDINGS: Blues - 66 points, 2nd place, 12 PB, Central Division. Red Wings
- 78 points, 1st place, Central Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Blues - Keith Tkachuk, 24 goals and 55 points; Weight, 40
assists; Mike Danton, 134 PIM. Red Wings - Pavel Datsyuk, 25 goals, 33 assists
and 58 points; Brendan Shanahan, 84 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through Feb. 18): Blues - Power play: 18 percent (46 for
255), 7th in NHL. Penalty killing: 84 percent (242 for 288), 19th. Red Wings -
Power play: 20.4 percent (50 for 245), 4th. Penalty killing: 85 percent (198
for 233), 11th.
GOALTENDERS: Blues - Chris Osgood (22-18-5, 2 SO, 2.35 GAA); Reinhard Divis
(3-2-1, 0, 3.12). Red Wings - Manny Legace (13-6-4, 1, 2.10); Marc Lamothe (no
SEASON SERIES: Red Wings, 2-1-1.
LAST MEETING: Dec. 22; Red Wings, 2-1. At Detroit, Ray Whitney scored the
game-winner at 14:45 of the third period, and Datsyuk had a goal and an assist.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Blues - 11-14-2-1 on the road; Red Wings - 22-5-3-0 at