Blues, Red Wings face off amid poor Novembers

In addition to being traditional rivals in the old Norris Division and Western Conference, the St. Louis Blues and host Detroit Red Wings also have subpar November performances in common when they meet Wednesday.St. Louis will make its only trip to Detroit on the season having lost seven times in November, five of which have been in regulation.There are a couple of silver linings for the Blues, one being that they are still in good shape in the standings.St. Louis (10-6-2, 22 points) enters second in the Central Division.Second, the Blues are coming off a 5-2 win at home on Monday over Vegas, a game that saw St. Louis rally after falling behind 2-0.St. Louis head coach Craig Berube credited his players for keeping up morale on the bench despite the deficit and the fact that the Blues had lost five of their previous six games going in.”We ended up coming back and guys did a nice job,” Berube said.Meanwhile, the Red Wings are on a four-game losing streak, gaining only one point in a recent four-game road trip. That point came courtesy of a 2-1 overtime loss to the league’s worst team, the Arizona Coyotes.Detroit (8-9-3, 19 points), which has also lost seven games in November, is fourth in the Atlantic Division.The Red Wings have played a lot recently and are tied with Montreal and Toronto for most games played in the NHL with 20 going into Wednesday’s action.Detroit hopes a little break and chance to practice more will help it recover from its recent slump.