Alex Nedeljkovic bails out loose defense, finding comfort level with Red Wings

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Goaltender has posted a 2.38 goals-against average and .926 save percentage following the season-opener.
DETROIT – This wasn't the kind of defensive performance the Detroit Red Wings envisioned returning home from a rotten road trip and following a three-day break.

They yielded too many scoring chances and were on their heels for much of the final two periods Wednesday. They needed their goaltender to steal one for them, and that's just what he did.

Alex Nedeljkovic made 35 saves, including several that could be featured on highlight reels, in a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues at Little Caesars Arena.

"Especially in the third, he was unbelievable, made huge, huge saves," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "We gave up way too many chances in the third. We got to get better, but you'd like to get better when you're winning, and the goalie gives you a chance to do that and I thought he was great."

Blashill broke from the strict rotation he has used almost exclusively with Nedeljkovic and Thomas Greiss and started Nedeljkovic in back-to-back games. The Red Wings (9-9-3) stopped a four-game slide (0-3-1).

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