After a shocking 8-0 loss to Nashville on Saturday, the Detroit Red Wings (41-14-8) had a few days to think about that game. Hopefully, we'll see a fired up team tonight in St. Louis as they take on the Blues (28-26-8). Unfortunately for us, we won't get to see Manny Legace get the start in goal as Chris Mason will start for the Blues. Mason has started 13 consecutive games since Legace was pulled against the Wings on Feb. 2.
The Blues are 6-2-2 in their last 10 games, earning at least a point in each of their last five games. They may sit at No. 12 in the Western Conference standings, but they are only three points below the No. 8 seed so anything could still happen. Be sure to visit our SBN counterpart St. Louis Game Time for everything Blues.
Wings head coach Mike Babcock has not announced which goaltender will get the start tonight. Both allowed four goals in the 8-0 loss, but since Ty Conklin got the start I'm going to guess that we'll see Chris Osgood in net to start the game.
Andreas Lilja is day-to-day with a concussion and sore knee and will not play tonight.He believes the injuries occurred during his fight with Shea Weber in Nashville on Saturday.
"I remember the first two punches, but the rest I saw on television," said Lilja, who didn't practice Monday because of a headache. "I realized (then) I probably got a concussion. He got me good.
"I don't think it's (the concussion) that bad. It would be stupid, though, to try to practice."
Marian Hossa will return from his sore neck injury (yay). Defenseman Brett Lebda will also return to the lineup, with Derek Meech getting the healthy scratch.
Darren Helm and Ville Leino have been assigned back to Grand Rapids and while it's sad to see them both go, particularly Leino who has had a 5-4-9 line in his 13 games here, it gives us an opportunity to check out defensive prospect Jonathan Ericsson and see enforcer Aaron Downey's return to the lineup.
The game starts at 8:30 p.m. and will be shown on FSDetroit. Go Wings!