St. Louis Blues vs Detroit Red Wings Odds

Floundering Franchises

It’s been a fall from grace for both the Red Wings and Blues as of late — and there’s no safety net in sight.

Admittedly, Detroit’s dropoff has been more hard felt, largely due to the franchise’s rich history. With 11 Stanley Cup trophies to their name, the Red Wings have the third-most across the league (and highest among US-based teams). A playoff berth was virtually a given for Detroit yearly up until two seasons ago. After a streak of 25 consecutive postseason appearances, the proud franchise has been held out in back-to-back years. 

St. Louis had their own string of playoff qualifications — a more modest streak of six — snapped last season. The Blues have always been the lovable losers that can’t get over the hump, but now they’re just NHL bottom feeders. 

The woes have continued this year for both. St. Louis is tied with Los Angeles with the least amount of wins at eight. Detroit is hardly better at 10 wins, and fighting off last-place in the Atlantic division. 

Something’s got to give when the two teams square off on Wednesday, November 28 at the spanking-new Little Ceasars Arena in Mo-Town. Here’s what you need to know ahead of the clash:

Red Wings vs. Blues Head-to-Head Trends

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    This is the first of two meetings between both teams this year

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    The Blues won both matchups last season

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    St. Louis outscored Detroit 8-2 in both wins

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    The Red Wings last win against the Blues was on October 27, 2016

Game Preview

Two immediate trends stick out about both teams — both are coming off losses and high-scoring ones at that.

On Saturday, the Blues were scorched by the Jets by a score of 8-4. It’s the most goals St. Louis has allowed this season. Meanwhile, the Red Wings gave up at least seven goals for the third time this year in a 7-5 defeat at the hands of the Blue Jackets on Monday.

However, don’t expect the scorekeeper to be too busy come Wednesday. Both Detroit and St. Louis enter with anemic offenses by and large. They rank 25th and 23rd, respectively, in goals netted this year. Though, the Red Wings are more prone to defensive lapses. They’ve given up 78 goals thus far, which is seventh-most in the NHL.

One of the few bright spots for the Blues in 2018 has been center Ryan O’Reilly. The team added the ten-year veteran during the offseason in exchange for a king’s ransom of two high draft picks and three prospects. It was a win-now move by St. Louis that left the fanbase split on what to make of it.

Four months later it’s safe to say O’Reilly has lived up to the pricey coup. As of right now, O’Reilly is up to 26 points — 12 goals and 14 assists. That’s a team-high, and eight more points than next-best Vladimir Taresenko. 

You’d think playing at home would help the Red Wings’ cause, yet they’ve lost back-to-back games at Little Cesars Arena. Before the loss to Colombus, they fell 2-1 in a shootout to Buffalo.

The bet to make here has to be the Blues. For one, they’ve had Detroit’s number the past three games. Two, they’re on two extra days of rest heading into this one. Tired legs from playing on Monday will hurt the Red Wings’ chances here. 

Pick: St. Louis