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: