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Video: Chris Butler’s misfortune leads to Red Wings goal

Goals have been tough to come by so for in NBC’s game between the St. Louis Blues and Detroit Red Wings, so Erik Cole’s 1-1 goal has to burn Chris Butler that much more.

The contest is currently tied thanks to a bad bounce for St. Louis and a gift for Detroit:

Cole scored his 21st goal of the season and third as a member of the Red Wings right there.

NHL on NBC: Familiar foes face off as Red Wings host Blues

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NBC will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign when the Detroit Red Wings host the St. Louis Blues at Joe Louis Arena at noon p.m. ET today. In addition to NBC, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.

The St. Louis Blues and Detroit Red Wings don’t clash anywhere near as often with Detroit now in the Eastern Conference, yet it’s probably safe to say that the teams – and especially the fans – still can’t stand each other.

Both squads should have added motivation this afternoon because they both need to steady themselves. Each team has lost two in a row, with the Blues needing to shrug off a lopsided loss to Minnesota and the Red Wings also dropping six of their last eight.

St. Louis is currently 2-1-1 on a six-game road swing that concludes in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. The Red Wings begin a four-game homestand in Detroit today.

The Red Wings beat the Blues 3-2 in OT the last time these two teams met (on Jan. 15). Pavel Datsyuk was the player who scored the game-winner, and he won’t play today, according to MLive.com’s Ansar Khan.

Jake Allen saw some action after Brian Elliott was unceremoniously pulled from yesterday’s Blues loss, so one would think that Allen will start. Jimmy Howard seems likely to play in Detroit’s net.

While the Red Wings aim to stay sharp with their position as the third-ranked team in the Atlantic Division fairly well set, the Blues hope to earn a little breathing room in their race to take the Central Division crown from the Nashville Predators.

The two former division foes will meet for the second and last time today, so expect quality over quantity on NBC.

Wild beat the Blues for the second time in a week

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In what could be a first-round playoff matchup between the two Central Division rivals, the Wild doubled up the Blues 6-3 Saturday afternoon.

For the moment the Wild have a three-point lead on the first wild card spot in the Western Conference.

Minnesota has now beaten St. Louis twice in the span of seven days.

Justin Fontaine had a goal and two assists for his second career three-point game.

Zach Parise and Jonas Brodin scored 26-seconds apart in the second period to give the Wild a 4-0 lead and end Brian Elliott’s night early. Elliott allowed four goals on 16 shots.

“Five-10 minutes of the second period we weren’t very good. It’s pretty inexcusable at this time of the year,” said Jay Bouwmeester. “We know we’re playing desperate teams. They’re a team that’s right there and trying to stay in that playoff race.

“We’ve got to be a team that’s playing for first place.”

Chris Stewart, Thomas Vanek and Mikko Koivu had the other Wild goals.

Devan Dubnyk made 26 saves in his 31st consecutive start.

Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz each had a goal and an assist in the loss. With his two-point afternoon, Tarasenko now has 70 points on the season.

Paul Stastny also scored for St. Louis.

“There’s no excuses, we’re playing a team that’s desperate for their playoff lives and we’re trying to situate ourselves in the Central Division,” said David Backes. “You shouldn’t need anymore motivation at this time of the year.

“We need to be playing our brand of hockey every night, putting it all out there and if a team just plays better than us, we’ve got to tip our cap, but I don’t think we can say that tonight.”

Blues defenseman Carl Gunnarsson left the game with 13:50 remaining in the second period with an upper body injury and did not return.

Jake Allen made 10 saves in relief.

Video: Wild chase Elliott after scoring 4 goals on 16 shots

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The Minnesota Wild scored four on their first 16 shots Saturday afternoon chasing St. Louis Blues’ starter Brian Elliott.

Chris Stewart opened the scoring at 7:47 of the first period. Thomas Vanek gave Minnesota a 2-0 lead at 12:14 of the opening frame.

The Wild then scored twice in a 26-span of the second period to take a 4-0 lead.

Jake Allen has replaced Elliott in the Blues net.

The Wild entered Saturday’s action with a one-point lead on the Winnipeg Jets for the first wild card spot in the Western Conference and seven points back of the Chicago Blackhawks for the third seed in the Central Division.

Video: Stewart gets the Wild on the board with a breakaway goal

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Earlier this month Minnesota Wild forward Chris Stewart admitted he took his trade from the St. Louis Blues to the Buffalo Sabres last season personally.

“Anytime you get traded in this league, I think you have a bit of a chip on your shoulder and want to stick it to them every time you play them,” he told The Star Tribune.

On Saturday afternoon Stewart took advantage of an opportunity to stick it to his former team opening the scoring with his 14th goal of the season.