Detroit Red Wings At St. Louis Blues: Blues' Strong Play Breaks Wings' Streak

The Detroit Red Wings either wax hot or wane cold, and the Blues're hoping that their hot phase of four wins in a row is over. Strong play from Brian Elliott and more hard work could be what the Blues need to continue a win streak of their own.

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Blues' Chris Stewart Suspended For Three Games For Hit On Niklas Kronwall

Fans and players alike knew this was coming; Chris Stewart was suspended three games for his hit against Niklas Kronwall last night in the Blues’ 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

From the NHL:

St. Louis Blues forward Chris Stewart has been suspended, without pay, for three games for shoving Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall(notes) from behind and into the boards during NHL Game No. 252 Tuesday night in St. Louis, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today. Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Stewart will forfeit $46,621.62. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

The incident occurred at 11:14 of the first period. Stewart will miss games Nov. 17 vs. Florida, Nov. 19 at Minnesota and Nov. 22 vs. Los Angeles. He will be eligible to return Nov. 23 at Pittsburgh.

As Greg Wyshynski points out, for similar hits by Matt Zuccarello on Trevor Lewis and by Dan Carcillo on Joni Pitkanen garnered different punishments. Zuccarello was fined and Carcillo, a repeat offender of a myriad of things, was suspended for two games. Shanny seems to be upping the penalty for every penalty to get players’ attention.

Here’s Brendan Shanahan’s explination video:

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Detroit Red Wings At St. Louis Blues Final Score: Blues Take The Game 2-1

No scoring this period, and it possibly was for a lack of trying on Detroit’s part. They had three straight power plays that period, and five straight for the game, but the Blues’ special teams coupled with the sudden impotency of the Red Wings’ power play made for smooth sailing for St. Louis. Three power plays in the third, and the Wings managed four shots on goal. If you’re trying to capitalize on another team’s goof-ups, here’s a hint: shoot at the net. The Blues, however, managed 11 shots on even strength most of the period save for a power play followed by a 5-on-3 power play to finish the game.

T.J. Oshie and Alex Steen both played like players possessed tonight. Oshie in particular has especially ratcheted up his game under coach Ken Hitchcock. The Blues as a whole are thriving. They’re 3-0-1 on the homestand under their new coach, taking seven of eight possible points. The Blues’ win puts them in a two-way tie with Detroit for third in the Central and a 5-way tie for the 8th and final play off spot. It’s too early to be standings-watching, but it’s still fun to watch the team creep up.

The Blues’ next challenge is against the Florida Panthers on Thursday to close out the homestand. The Panthers have been playing outstanding hockey and are on pace to make the playoffs for the first time in over ten years.

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