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Detroit Red Wings Vs. Chicago Blackhawks: Game Preview

January 22nd, 2014 at 5:06 PM
By Frank Vajcner

What has become of the Red Wings-Blackhawks rivalry?

When we last saw these two teams meeting, they were in a knock-down, drag-out playoff series.

Now both are in separate conferences, and relegated to meeting twice a year.

What: Chicago Blackhawks at Detroit Red Wings

When: 8 p.m. tonight

Where: Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan

TV: NBC Sports Network, TSN2

Records: The Wings are 21-18-10; the Blackhawks are 32-8-11

Season Series: Blackhawks went 4-0 against the Wings last season. Nine of the last ten regular season meetings have been decided by one goal.

Projected Lineups

Red Wings:

Forwards

Gustav NyquistHenrik ZetterbergJustin Abdelkader
Tomas JurcoRiley SheahanTodd Bertuzzi
Drew MillerDarren HelmTomas Tatar
Daniel ClearyLuke GlendeningPatrick Eaves

 

Defensemen

Niklas KronwallJonathan Ericsson*
Kyle QuinceyDanny DeKeyser
Brian LashoffBrendan Smith

*-Ericsson has said that he will play. If he doesn't, Jakub Kindl will be in the lineup

Goaltenders

Jonas Gustavsson
Petr Mrazek

Blackhawks:

Forward

Patrick Sharp

Jonathan Toews

Marian Hossa

Brandon Saad

Andrew Shaw

Patrick Kane

Bryan Bickell

Michal Handzus

Kris Versteeg

Brandon Bollig

Marcus Kruger

Ben Smith

 

 

Defense

Duncan Keith

Brent Seabrook

Niklas Hjalmarsson

Johnny Oduya

Nick Leddy

Michal Rozsival

 

 

Goalie

Corey Crawford

Antti Raanta

 
Red Wings Update: It's more of the same old story for the Wings as they can't seem to score goals, and still have players injured. Fans in Hockeytown are growing restless as the team sits in sixth place in the Atlantic Division, and fifth in the Wild Card, well outside of a playoff spot. Some are even calling for Mike Babcock to be fired. Now is the time for a turnaround to start, but it could take a lot of luck to do so. 
 
Blackhawks Update: The Blackhawks have kept on trucking, as they are running off with the Central Division. They lead the NHL in goals scored and are 5th in terms of power play, but don't appear to be as strong defensively, as they rank 15th in goals against, and 29th on the penalty kill. Patrick Sharp leads the team with 25 goals, while Patrick Kane leads in points with 56. This team may not be as good as last year's Stanley Cup Champion team, but they are still one of the NHL's elite teams.
 
Prediction: One word…UGLY. If the Wings keep it within three goals, it will be a miracle.
 
Make It: Blackhawks 8, Red Wings 2
 
Tags: Detroit, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, Jonathan Ericsson, NHL

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