The Detroit Red Wings are moving closer to securing a spot in the playoffs and that is bad news for the St. Louis Blues who fell 10 points behind Detroit for the eighth and final playoff spot after the Blues lost 4-2 in the Motor City.
Valtteri Filppula scored with 6:49 left and added an empty-net goal for Detroit as Jimmy Howard made 30 saves to win his 30th win, adding to his Rookie of the Year resume. Former Red Wing Ty Conklin stopped 20 shots. Henrik Zetterberg and Todd Bertuzzi scored in the second period to put the Red Wings ahead. Paul Kariya gave St. Louis the lead in the first and Jay McClement made it 2-2 early in the third.