After defeating Dallas 4-1 on Tuesday following a 2-1 loss to the Stars a week before, the Detroit Red Wings will have a chance to avenge another early loss when they host the St. Louis Blues on Friday.
The Blues defeated Detroit 6-0 in St. Louis to open the season, but the Red Wings are 3-1-1 since. Detroit rookie Damien Brunner scored his team-leading third goal of the season on Tuesday and has a point in each of the last four games. Captain Henrik Zetterberg, who played with Brunner in Switzerland during the lockout, has an assist on all of Brunner’s tallies thus far, while Pavel Datsyuk leads the Red Wings with eight points.
Rookie Vladimir Tarasenko scored his fifth goal of the season in the Blues’ 4-1 victory in Columbus on Thursday. Tarasenko, a 2010 first-round pick, leads St. Louis with nine points. The Blues have won four straight since losing 3-2 in Chicago, with goaltenders Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak earning two wins apiece. Elliott started on Thursday, meaning Halak, who already has posted two shutouts, likely will get the start on Friday. Halak earned his first shutout of the season against Detroit, making 14 saves. Defensemen Alex Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk have eight points apiece and 15 assists combined.
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ABOUT THE BLUES (6-1-0): Captain David Backes, who scored his first goal of the season on Thursday, leads the team with 24 hits. Pietrangelo has a team-leading 17 blocked shots. T.J. Oshie has notched seven points, six of them on the power play. St. Louis is 9-for-26 with the man advantage, while its penalty-killing unit has allowed eight goals on 28 opportunities. Patrik Berglund has four goals and six points thus far after recording only 38 points last season. Tarasenko leads the team with 24 shots.
ABOUT THE RED WINGS (3-2-1): Goaltender Jimmy Howard has started all of Detroit’s games thus far. Howard hasn’t allowed more than three goals in five starts since being pulled after allowing five in the loss to St. Louis. Kyle Quincey leads the team with 14 blocked shots, while fellow defensemen Kent Huskins and Niklas Kronwall have 11 each. Brunner and Zetterberg both have a team-high 25 shots. Datsyuk has 69 points in 59 career games against the Blues. Todd Bertuzzi has three points in his first three games of the season.
The Blues haven’t won in Detroit since March 30, 2011 and are 1-6-0 in their last seven visits.
St. Louis D Wade Redden, who has two goals in three games this season, was scratched on Thursday due to flu-like symptoms. Rookie Jaden Schwartz was a healthy scratch after going minus-3 with one assist in six games.
Red Wings G Tom McCollum was recalled from the American Hockey League to back up Howard after Jonas Gustavsson suffered a groin injury. McCollum, who has 15 minutes of NHL experience to his name, has yet to play this season.