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Tonight on Versus: Blues look to continue ownership of Red Wings

Dec 27, 2011, 7:30 AM EDT

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Seeing an old rivalry rekindled is a beautiful thing. Such is the case in tonight’s game on Versus between Detroit and St. Louis (7:30 p.m. ET) thanks to the Blues getting their season turned around under Ken Hitchcock.

Of course, that’s the same Hitchcock that gave the Red Wings fits when he coached in Dallas and Columbus, and after going 0-2-0 against the Blues so far this year, the Wings would like to get one over on their old nemesis.

One thing Detroit will have to do to win is figure out how to play a tight game. Their two losses to St. Louis this year were by 2-1 and 3-2 scores. That means either Jimmy Howard or Ty Conklin have to be super sharp tonight. After seeing Howard nearly pull off a shutout of the Predators last night, Conklin could get the call.

St. Louis will look to make life miserable by likely giving Brian Elliott the start. Jaroslav Halak got the win in last night’s 5-3 win over Dallas on Versus and getting that kind of offensive output has been rare. The Blues power play could stand to be sharp yet again to keep the Wings at bay.

Henrik Zetterberg had a bit of a breakout game last night earning an assist on one of Valtteri Filppula‘s goals and looking like a play making threat all night. One guy you won’t see tonight is Detroit’s Tomas Holmstrom who left last night’s game with an apparent groin injury. He hasn’t been the guy we’re accustomed to seeing, however, since being moved to the Red Wings’ fourth line.

  1. theolgoaler - Dec 27, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    As a Blues fan, I HOPE Ty Conklin starts tonight; he wasn’t very good for the Blues last season, and from what I’ve seen of the Red Wings so far, he hasn’t been very good for Detroit this year. Methinks Mike Babcock will continue to ride Jimmy Howard for as long as possible… LETS GO BLUES!

  2. bluesrawesome - Dec 27, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Ya hopefully Koncks starts tonight that would be good for us Blues fans. But good luck to TY I always liked him when he was here in STL he seemed like a good guy.

  3. polegojim - Dec 27, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    I like Hitch and the Blues – hockey is better when they’re good….

    That said, you’re playing the Red Wings with Hank starting a run and Dats with points in 4/5 last games. Holms is struggling and needs to rest/recoup, so we’ll have two more fresh legs on the ice.

    4 – 2 Detroit

    • polegojim - Dec 28, 2011 at 12:09 AM

      Hello…..tap tap tap…. hello to all those thumbs down Blues fans.

      ; ) j/k…. but I love being right about the Red Wings!

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