Slumping Blues visit defending champs

St Louis (13-17-3) at Detroit (22-6-4), 7:30 pm EST

DETROIT (Ticker) — The St. Louis Blues have a tough task in
front of them, trying to end their struggles against the
defending Stanley Cup champions.

The Blues will hope to avoid their seventh loss in eight games
when they visit the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.

After ending a five-game losing streak a day earlier, St. Louis
suffered a 6-3 setback to the Boston Bruins on Sunday. Jay
McClement had a shorthanded goal for the Blues, who own the
worst record in the Western Conference.

The Red Wings will not provide an easy solution to St. Louis’
problems. Detroit is looking for its third straight win after
rallying past the Los Angeles Kings, 6-4, on Saturday.

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Jiri Hudler, Daniel Cleary and Kris Draper all scored in the
final four minutes for the Red Wings, who have won seven of
their last nine.

Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom had three assists Saturday to
move past Larry Robinson into eighth place on the career points
list for defensemen with 960. He also moved past Denis Potvin
into eighth place for career assists by a blue-liner with 744.

“It means a lot,” Lidstrom said. “Those are players I had a
chance to watch. I admired them and looked up to them. It’s
something I’m proud of.”