Blues coach Ken Hitchcock was asked Monday morning if he was surprised that Detroit has experienced difficulty on home ice this season.

“Not really, because I only started watching them yesterday,” Hitchcock said. “Usually I watch every game that they play because they set such a gold standard.”

These are no longer golden days in Detroit, where the Blues made their one and only trip of the season Monday night. The Red Wings were a paltry 7-10-7 at Joe Louis Arena before a visit by Hitchcock’s club, and the Blues continued the misery in Motown with a 4-1 victory.

Three defensemen helped provide offense for the Blues, who nipped their losing streak at two games. Jaroslav Halak made 22 saves for his 20th win of the season.

“A lot of guys still have that feeling when they come into this building, you still feel like they’re in our division and fighting for those playoff spots,” said Barret Jackman, one of the defensemen to score Monday. “We needed the win tonight and the guys really played a great team game, moved our feet and talked ... all the little things we talked about before the game.”

A once heated rivalry continued under different circumstances, with Detroit now in the Eastern Conference and the clubs scheduled to meet only twice a season in the future.

The Blues had won two straight games at Joe Louis entering Monday’s game, and with 17 more points than Detroit in the NHL standings this season, the sense of power seemed to be shifting.

But the Blues were taking nothing for granted, looking for better goaltending than they had received against Anaheim and Los Angeles and their high-powered offensive attack.

Early on, Halak provided the security in net, robbing Detroit’s Todd Bertuzzi on a point-blank shot 8½ minutes into the opening frame.