After being dominated by the St. Louis Blues in their season opener, what must the Detroit Red Wings do differently when the teams meet again Friday at Joe Louis Arena?

"Not give them so many breakaways,'' goaltender Jimmy Howard said, laughing.

The answer is, pretty much everything, including eliminating breakaways, which led to three goals in the Blues' 6-0 victory Jan. 19 at Scottrade Center.

The Blues scored four times on the power play, once shorthanded, outshot the Red Wings 36-14, were much faster and more physical.

The Red Wings (3-2-1) will have multiple chances for redemption; three of their next seven games over a stretch of 13 days are against St. Louis, which improved to 6-1-0 after beating Columbus 4-1 on Thursday.

Detroit coach Mike Babcock is breaking down the 48-game season into eight six-game segments.

"We're through segment one and we were able to get seven points,'' Babcock said. "We need to have a better segment to keep in the chase, and it starts with (this) game."

The Blues are near the top of the league in goals scored, goals-against average, power-play percentage and shots per game. They are way ahead of the pack in fewest shots allowed – 19.5 per game heading into Thursday's games. Anaheim was next at 25.4

Statistics aside, the Red Wings need to compete harder than they did in the opener.

"They handed it to us,'' Howard said. "They came out ready to play and they got on top of us early, got on top of our (defense), got their forecheck going.

"They're a big, strong, fast, physical team. We're going to have to find a way of limiting them from getting on top of our D, that way we can spend a little bit more time in their end.''

Babcock said the Blues have "depth, skill on the back, size, goaltending.''