Red Wings Shelled in Season Opener, Drop 6-0 Decision to Blues

The Detroit Red Wings's porous defense couldn't stop the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night and their offense never got going, with the Blues taking a 6-0 win in the opening game of the 2013 season.

Special teams led the way for the Blues, with four of their goals coming with the man-advantage and a fifth coming while shorthanded.

The Red Wings, meanwhile, took only 14 shots on the night. None particularly challenging to Blues' netminder Jaroslav Halak, save for one third-period goalmouth scramble.

Rookie Vladimir Tarasenko opened the scoring for the Blues at 6:36 of the first. Detroit defenseman Kyle Quincey couldn't cut off a long pass from Ian Cole to Tarasenko at the Detroit blue line, leaving Tarasenko on a breakaway where he beat goalie Jimmy Howard high on the stick side.

Chris Stewart's power play goal with 6:14 left in the period made it 2-0. After Stewart's wraparound attempt, Howard lost track of the puck and sprawled out on his stomach facing the goal. By the time he realized he hadn't covered it, Stewart had the puck in the slot and snapped a shot into the net.

Tarasenko's second of the game put the Blues up by three just 29 seconds into the second period. Skating up the left wing, Tarasenko blew past Quincey to break in on Howard, beating him stick-side again.

T.J. Oshie scored a shorthanded goal with 4:51 left in the period to make it 4-0. Oshie slipped past the Detroit defense at the St. Louis blue line and Alex Pietrangelo hit him with a long pass to spring him in alone on Howard for a breakaway goal.

Stewart's second of the night at 1:15 of the third was the end of the night for Howard. Stewart beat Howard on another power play breakaway opportunity to make it 5-0 and bring Jonas Gustavsson into the game in the Red Wings' crease.

Patrik Berlund rounded out the scoring with 5:25 left in regulation, a power play deflection past Gustavsson.

The Blues finished the night with four power play goals on five attempts with the extra attacker. Detroit had four power play tries.

Howard stopped 23 of the 28 shots he faced in 41:15 of play. Gustavsson made seven saves on eight shots in 18:45.

The Red Wings are back at it on Monday when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Notes: Detroit forward Jan Mursak left the game with a shoulder injury after the first period. He is expected to undergo testing on Sunday.

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Kicking this game thread off just a bit early since we've been waiting so long for this game...

The Red Wings begin their 2013 season tonight in St. Louis, visiting the defending Central Division Champions. This makes Detroit defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo's first game in the Winged Wheel against his former team.

The Blues made the move on their blue line that the Wings declined to on Friday, signing bought-out veteran defenseman Wade Redden to a one-year deal. Redden will join the team today but not play tonight.

With Nicklas Lidstrom having retired, Tomas Holmstrom about to retire, Brad Stuart having moved back to San Jose, Jiri Hudler gone to Calgary, and Darren Helm, Todd Bertuzzi and Jakub Kindl all hurting (only Helm is on injured reserve right now), the Wings' lineup looks a bit different than fans might be used to. The Wings have been skating with the following lines:

Henrik Zetterberg - Pavel Datsyuk - Damien Brunner

Mikael Samuelsson - Valtteri Filppula - Johan Franzen

Patrick Eaves - Justin Abdelkader - Daniel Cleary

Drew Miller - Cory Emmerton - Jordin Tootoo

Niklas Kronwall - Jonathan Ericsson

Kyle Quincey - Brendan Smith

Ian White - Carlo Colaiacovo

Jimmy Howard will get the start opposite Jaroslav Halak of the Blues.

Game time tonight is 8:00 PM on Fox Sports Detroit.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/19/2013 at 11:31 AM


One thing I worry about is what going from being Nick Lidstroms defensive pair to being Carlo Colaiacovo's on the bottom pair will do to White's game.

Looking forward to seeing Quincey/Smith - hoping it's better than Rafalski/Lebda.

Posted by MonicaMcAlister on 1/19/2013 at 11:59 AM


I tweeted earlier that the Quincey/Smith pair looks interesting to me. A lot of potential.

And according to the people at the morning skate, it'll be Mursak on the third line, not Eaves.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/19/2013 at 2:41 PM

Unless I'm missing it, doesn't look like a ton of Blues played during the lockout. Advantage to the Wings' top line?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/19/2013 at 8:11 PM

Power play already looking special.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/19/2013 at 8:22 PM

Well hell. Wings seemed to be doing a better job of getting set up on offense but who needs to get set up, eh?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/19/2013 at 8:30 PM

Solid PK, if we're looking for positives.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/19/2013 at 8:53 PM


Really dislike that last penalty. Really dislike that whole period, though.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/19/2013 at 8:58 PM


Wings looking awful and Mursak is hurt. Awesome.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/19/2013 at 9:21 PM

Next five goals are huge.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/19/2013 at 9:46 PM

Jimmy Howard

Jimmy Howard
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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