Series (Game 6 of 8)

Detroit leads 7-1

Game 1: Wednesday, October 5th
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Game 2: Thursday, October 6th
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Game 3: Sunday, November 6th
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Game 4: Saturday, November 19th
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Game 5: Thursday, January 5th
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Game 6: Wednesday, February 1st
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Game 7: Monday, March 27th
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Game 8: Saturday, April 15th
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Blues 2

(12-31-8, 32 pts)

Red Wings 3

(35-13-5, 75 pts)

7:30 PM ET, February 1, 2006

Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan

1 2 3 T
STL 2 0 02
DET 0 1 23

H. Zetterberg (Red Wings - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

C. Sanford (Blues - G): Saves: 35, Save Pct.: .921

N. Kronwall (Red Wings - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

St Louis (12-30-8) at Detroit (34-13-5) 7:30 pm EST

St Louis (12-30-8) at Detroit (34-13-5) 7:30 pm EST

DETROIT (Ticker) -- The surging Detroit Red Wings look to widen their lead in the Central Division when they host the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday.

Owners of the best record in the Western Conference, the Red Wings have earned at least one point in each of their last four games and enter Wednesday's contest with a five-point lead over the second-place Nashville Predators (31-14-6) in the division standings.

After jumping out to an early four-goal lead, Detroit barely held on for a 5-4 triumph over the Minnesota Wild on Monday.

Henrik Zetterberg, Robert Lang and Mikael Samuelsson all had a goal and an assist in the contest for the Red Wings, who boast the NHL's top power play and second-ranked penalty kill.

Detroit looks for its fifth win in six meetings this season with a St. Louis squad which has completely overhauled its roster over the last week.

The Blues traded away their two leading scorers, right wing Mike Sillinger and center Doug Weight, over a span of less than 24 hours between Sunday and Monday.

Sillinger, whose 22 goals led St. Louis, was dealt to Nashville late Sunday night for rookie Timofei Shishkanov. Weight, the club's leading scorer with 44 points, was sent to Carolina the next day for center Mike Zigomanis, right wing Jesse Boulerice and several future draft picks.

Unfazed by the departures of their best players, the Blues posted a 3-2 shootout victory over the Calgary Flames on Monday.

Jay McClement and Lee Stempniak tallied in regulation while fellow rookie Curtis Sanford made 29 saves for St. Louis, which won for just the third time in its last 16 games.