The St. Louis Blues look to find some life in Detroit after getting blown out by a score of 8-4 against the Winnipeg Jets. It was an ugly defensive effort from the Blues after they earned their biggest win of the year over the Nashville Predators. Major letdown for the Blues, as they’ve been struggling to build any momentum after efforts like that. They beat the Vegas Golden Knights on November 16th and followed it up with three losses in a row. That was until their most recent win over the Preds, only to collapse in their next outing.
It’s been that kind of year for the Blues, who are entering what many would call a rebuilding phase. Unlike the Rangers, a team that have made it pretty clear that they are rebuilding, the Blues might be stuck in a bit of denial. We will know for sure at the trade deadline what they’re doing, though.
The firing of Mike Yeo may have been the catalyst to blow things up. Letting go of 32-year-old Paul Stastny walk was probably the first sign, though. He had a decent short run with the Jets last season, and now is trying to get back on the ice in Vegas with the Knights.
Joel Quenneville might be available, but does he really want to come and direct this team? I don’t think he’d choose to go to a team on the brink of a rebuild just like the team that just fired him. Rather maybe a team who are on the brink of going on a run with a roster to build around. The Edmonton Oilers would have seemed like a better fit, but they went with Ken Hitchcock as their new bench boss. A wildcard might be the new Seattle franchise, which looks like a lock of getting announced soon. He might like the idea of trying to replicate what Gerrard Gallant was able to accomplish in Vegas. In any event, I think there are better options for him than the Blues. They enter with a record of 8-11-3, while the Red Wings look to bounce back following a 7-5 loss to the Blue Jackets on Monday. They’ve done an impressive job of crawling out of the early season hole they dug themselves. Head below for our free Blues vs. Red Wings pick.
St. Louis Blues vs. Detroit Red Wings Pick
With the loss against the Jets, the Blues have gone 2-6 in their last eight games. They didn’t get off to a pretty start to start the year, with a record of 1-5 through their first six games, so there hasn’t been much for St. Louis to celebrate this season. Their longest consecutive win streak of the season has been two games.
That’s not going to get it done in a league where average records don’t equate to a playoff berth. Their main problems begin and end with their effort offensively recently. It doesn’t seem like that given the 8-4 final in their previous game, but overall they’ve been struggling to score in the last couple of weeks. They pressed more, though it turned into a disaster in their own zone. Starting netminder Jake Allen got the day off, giving way to backup Chad Johnson in that contest. Allen is expected be back in net against the Red Wings.
Allen had a rough start but has been producing some nice outings recently. He’s allowed less than 3 goals in five of his last six appearances. The last time he gave up more than 3 goals was against the Wild on November 3rd. His history against the Red Wings has been sharp, with a 2.13 GAA in five games played.
The Blues have averaged just 2.1 goals per game during this 2-6 stretch. They scored more than 2 goals in only two games. Detroit have scored 3 or less goals in seven of their last ten games, but it’s expected will hit dry spells this season. Both teams got out of character in their last outings. The UNDER has gone 8-2 in their previous ten meetings, along with 5-1 in their last six in Detroit. Expect them to settle down and get back to basics in a 3-2 game.