Stanley Cups: 0
2011-'12 record: 49-22-1-10, 109 points (1st in Central, 2nd in West)
2011-'12 playoffs: Def. San Jose Sharks 4-1; lost to Los Angeles Kings 4-0.
Coach: Ken Hitchcock (576-365-169, 16th NHL year, 4th team)
Top returning scorer: RW David Backes (24 goals, 30 assists, 54 points)
Top returning goalie: Jaroslav Halak (26-12-7, 1.97, .926)
Key additions: D Jeff Woywitka; C Andrew Murray.
Key subtractions: C Jason Arnott; D Carlo Colaiacovo; RW B.J. Crombeen; D Kent Huskins.
Goaltending: Both Halak and partner Brian Elliott (1.56) posted goals-against averages under two as the Blues captured the Jennings Trophy and posted the NHL’s lowest GAA for the first time since 1999-2000 and just the third time in franchise history.
Player to watch: RW Vladimir Tarasenko. Blues’ top pick in the 2010 entry draft, is a four-year veteran of the KHL at age 20. He was tied for eighth in KHL scoring last season with 23-24-47 totals in 54 games and also was second in scoring for Russia’s 2011 world junior team with 11 points in seven games.
Icing: At end of last season, GM Doug Armstrong and Hitchcock challenged players in team meeting to prove that 2011-12 was a new culture and not just a one-hit wonder . . . RW Chris Stewart will look to rebound. He scored 15 goals last season after back-to-back 28-goal campaigns . . . Blues won division last season despite the lengthy injury absences of top forwards David Perron, Alex Steen and Andy McDonald.
PHT: The Red Wings entered their series with the Blackhawks as massive underdogs. That's no longer the case after taking a 2-1 series lead Monday.
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Highlights: Red Wings top Blackhawks in Game 3
The Detroit Red Wings returned home tied at one in their Western Conference semifinals series with the Chicago Blackhawks. After a physical, but scoreless first period that was dominated by the Blackhawks, the Red Wings jumped out to a two goal lead by scoring twice in 31 seconds. Detroit ended up winning the game 3-1 and now have a 2-1 lead in the series.
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