This is an important game. Not so much that we need the wins, although we do if we want to catch San Jose and Boston for home ice throughout playoffs. But this is an important game to see how we come back following the demoralizing Nashville loss. In a game in which we were completely and totally dominated and nothing went right unless you were wearing blue, we definitely did not look like the defending Stanley Cup Champions.
The good news? We come into the game with the Blues with a 3-0 season record against them. Although that record is a little misleading. Two of those three wins were in a shootout. And this game is a road game, where we've struggled considerably more than at home. The Blues are also 4-1 in their last 5 and the 1 loss being in overtime. Once again I think puck control will be a big factor. If we can control the game from the onset and keep putting pressure on the Blues early and often we can win this one. Another key is to see how Ozzie or Conklin (whoever gets the start) bounces back. My guess is Ozzie gets the start and the Wings come out physical after being pushed around last game. We should win this one anyway, but I'm not guaranteeing anything after that Nashville game! Puck drops at 8:30 ET or 2:30AM Sweden time.
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