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Blues, Red Wings collide in Motown

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Red Wings made the most of a controversial call that went in their favor on Saturday. On Monday, the club will try to record consecutive home wins for the first time since October when they host the St. Louis Blues at Joe Louis Arena.

Tomas Tatar capped a late Detroit comeback with the only goal of the shootout, lifting the Red Wings to Saturday's improbable 3-2 victory over the visiting Kings.

However, Detroit was the recipient of a fortunate ruling late in regulation before Tatar won it in the shootouts phase. The Red Wings trailed 2-1 in the final minute of the third, but drew even on a strange and controversial power- play tally from Niklas Kronwall, whose deflected shot bounced off the netting behind the Los Angeles goal and struck Kings netminder Jonathan Quick in the back before trickling in with 26.1 seconds to play.

The goal was upheld following a video review, with the NHL releasing a statement afterward explaining that the play was not reviewable.

"You get breaks against you a lot," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "We've had a number (of goals) called back against us this year. That was a break we got. If you work hard, over time you get breaks."

Coming off back-to-back shutout losses to Anaheim and the New York Rangers, Detroit also received a goal and an assist from Henrik Zetterberg and a 30- save performance from Jimmy Howard to prevail.

The Red Wings, who are just 7-10-7 as the host this season, halted a two-game home slide on Saturday. Detroit hasn't won two in a row at the Joe since beating Philadelphia and Columbus on Oct. 12 and 15, respectively.

Detroit is still battling a rash of injuries and star forward Pavel Datsyuk is expected to miss a seventh straight game on Monday with a lower-body injury. However, fellow forwards Daniel Alfredsson (back) and Joakim Andersson (lower body) could return to action on Monday. Alfredsson has sat out the last four games, while Andersson has missed the last two.

In addition to Datsyuk, forwards Johan Franzen (head) and Darren Helm (groin/shoulder) and defenseman Jonathan Ericsson (ribs) are expected to miss Monday's tilt.

The Blues will try to get back on track Monday after losing two straight and three of their last four games. St. Louis, which is second in the Central Division with 69 points, had won seven straight before falling into its recent funk.

St. Louis was handed a second straight regulation loss on Saturday, dropping a 3-2 decision against the visiting Anaheim Ducks. The Blues fell behind 3-0 in the contest before scoring twice in the third period to come up short in the comeback attempt.

Barret Jackman and Jaden Schwartz scored for the Blues, while Brian Elliott gave up all three goals on 21 shots.

"We haven't had good first periods in any of those games (on the losing streak)," Jackman said. "It is costly. We're not moving our feet, we're not getting the energy up. We weren't working together."

Alexander Steen played in his first game since suffering a concussion on Dec. 21, but the Blues forward failed to score despite registering four shots on net in nearly 21 minutes of ice time. Steen has a team-high 24 goals in 2013-14, tying his personal best mark for tallies in a season.

The Blues are opening a four-game road trip on Monday and are 14-5-3 as the guest this season.

St. Louis won three of five meetings against the Red Wings last season when the clubs were still in the same division before the onset of realignment moved Detroit to the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division. The Blues have won two straight in the Motor City, but Detroit has claimed seven of the last 10 encounters on its home ice.

The Red Wings have taken six of nine in the series overall.

01/20 11:19:23 ET

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Chicago02nd Prd 7:11 | Box
St. Louis2@theRink | TV: NBC, CBC, RDS
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game Two. St. Louis leads series, 1-0.
Columbus 4/19 7:00 PM ET
Pittsburgh NBC, CBC, RDS
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Colorado NBCSN, TSN, Altitude
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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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