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Detroit Red Wings Vs. Chicago Blackhawks: Game 3 What to Watch For

May 20th, 2013 at 5:05 PM
By Frank Vajcner

It's back to Hockeytown.

After the Detroit Red Wings took Game 2 of the series against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Red Wings now have a chance to swing momentum into their favor with the next two games at Joe Louis Arena.

Here's what to watch for:

  • If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Mike Babcock is keeping the lineup the same as it was for Game 2. That means Drew Miller stays put on the fourth line. If he has to adjust anything, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg could see some shifts together if necessary. For the Blackhawks, Viktor Stalberg will be back in the lineup on the third line. Dave Bolland moves to second-line center, while Andrew Shaw centers the third line. Either Michael Handzus or Daniel Carcillo will sit.
  • Captain Serious not happy. Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, normally one who doesn't complain, has let his frustration show. Toews has not scored a goal yet these playoffs (which only means he's due), but he's probably also ticked at the fact the rest of the team wasn't pulling their weight in Game 2.
  • Penalty kill perfection. The Blackhawks have also not allowed a power play goal yet in the playoffs. Yours truly doesn't see things staying that way for long.
  • Crawford's composure. Blackhawks netminder Corey Crawford looked human after he allowed four goals in Game 2. He has performed well at Joe Louis Arena in his career, but did Game 2 show a chink in the armor?

Quotable:

 “At the start of the year, we weren't a good team. We all understood that, but we buckled down and got better. It's been a fun year for us. If you would have asked me before the playoffs, I would've told you the same thing. Then, suddenly you have a little success in the
playoffs and it's more fun.”
- Babcock after the morning skate

Tags: chicago blackhawks, Detroit, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL

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