Detroit struck first on a goal by Drew Miller just 6:07 into the game, but the early goal was certainly not a sign of things to come. On the contrary, the Red Wings never managed double-digits shots in any of the three periods, forcing just 22 saves opposing netminder Brian Elliott. Meanwhile, Jimmy Howard saved 35 shots for Detroit but had his personal five-game winning streak versus the Blues snapped.
The loss more importantly ended a four-game winning streak by the Red Wings, who have been hot and cold all season, alternating extended winning streaks with extended losing streaks. The Red Wings cannot afford to have this night become the start of a losing streak, as their inconsistency already has them uncomfortably in a five-way tie in the ultra-competitive middle of the table in the Western Conference.
Coincidentally, Detroit takes the ice next against the San Jose Sharks -- one of the teams the are tied with with 19 points -- this Thursday on Nov. 17.