DETROIT — The Wings think they’re a better team than the one that met St. Louis to open the season.
The Blues beat Detroit, 6-0.
“It’s just one of those things where it was the first game of the year, they handed it to us,” Wings goalie Jimmy Howard said. “They came out ready to play and they got on top of us early, got on top of our D, got their forecheck going. We’re going to have to find a way of limiting them from getting on top of our D, that way we can spend a little bit more time in their end.”
The Blues scored four times on the power play and once shorthanded. Three of their goals were on breakaways.
“Well, I mean, we had a tough game in St. Louis,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We gave up four gift goals and you can’t do that in a hockey game and expect success. I didn’t think we were very competitive in that game.
“Now we have an opportunity to evaluate ourselves six games later and see where we at,” Babcock added. “We’re through segment one and we were able to get seven points. We need to have a better segment this segment to keep in the chase and it starts with the game tomorrow.”
St. Louis is second in the Central Division.
“We definitely know it’s important for us,” Justin Abdelkader said. “They’re a division rival and a team already ahead of us in the standings. We’re on our home ice, we got to come out and set the tone early and play a smarter game and hopefully specialty teams will be better.”