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NHL on NBC: Blues, Red Wings renew Central Division rivalry

Apr 7, 2013, 12:11 AM EDT

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The Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues will head into Sunday’s game (12:30 p.m. ET, NBC) as the seventh- and eighth-place teams in the Western Conference.

As if they needed anther reason to make the battle heated.

These two long-time rivals will renew acquaintances and fight for postseason positioning at Joe Louis Arena in their fifth and final meeting of the year — and, if the previous four matchups have taught us anything, it’s to expect the unexpected.

It will also be the last time the two teams will meet as division rivals thanks to realignment – at least in the regular season.

The Blues won the opening meeting of the season in dominant fashion, bombing the Wings 6-0.

In Game No. 2, Detroit gained a measure of revenge by winning 5-3 on the strength of a Henrik Zetterberg hat-trick.

The third game saw the Wings make full amends for the 6-0 blowout, as they crushed the Blues 5-1.

And, in the most recent game (Feb. 13), the Blues beat the Wings 4-3 in overtime, rallying from an early 2-0 deficit to win it on Alex Steen‘s OT winner.

As for current form, Detroit comes into Sunday’s game on a roll, having won two of their last three. That includes Friday’s wild 3-2 overtime win over Colorado, in which Pavel Datsyuk scored the game-winner with 15 seconds remaining — giving the Wings a win despite being out-shot 35-31.

The Blues, meanwhile, have won three straight, including a crucial 3-1 victory over Columbus on Friday. Captain David Backes scored the game winner, and rookie netminder Jake Allen stopped 26 of 27 shots as the Blues held off the hard-charging Blue Jackets, who now sit tied for ninth in the West.

As mentioned above, the game will be on NBC at 12:30 p.m. ET, and also available for live streaming at NBCSports.com.

  1. hypefree10 - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Let’s see if Detroit can skate for three periods and not get embarrassed on national television. LGRW!

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 7, 2013 at 11:10 AM

      Honestly Iam tired of seeing the redwings on NBC

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 7, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        I’m even more tired of being subjected to McGuire & Olczyk. Why does McG seem to need EO’s approval for his thoughts, isn’t that right, Eddie?

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 7, 2013 at 3:04 PM

        Your are so right !

  2. thehighcountrybear - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Well, if they can manage to get their goalies up in time for the early start, Wings might have a chance…don’t get me going on the D, especially cool hand Kindl?

    I rarely bet against the boys but these games, it’s a given!

    Wings don’t just suck on afternoon games, they blow lumps…

    • valoisvipers - Apr 7, 2013 at 9:56 AM

      Yeah HCBear I hate those afternoon games too but they have to accommodate NBC. It is hard for the players to adjust their routines from night to day games.
      All that being said, look for the Wings to ride Pavel and Zee to a victory today.

  3. blues1988 - Apr 7, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    fyi backes scored the night before in chicago to end his scoreless drought, then scored again friday.

  4. 13datsyuk13 - Apr 7, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Lets go Redwings!

  5. nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 7, 2013 at 4:08 AM

    I don’t have a horse in this race, but I’m guessing that if the Blues win in OT, we’ll all be able to hear Coyotes, Jackets and Oilers fans sobbing.

  6. jpat2424 - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Sad that these two teams will be playing meaningless games against each other next year (Hawks fan)

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