Preview/Game Thread: Blackhawks vs Red Wings

  

Detroit Red Wings (21–27–7) vs Chicago Blackhawks (22–24–9)

2:00pm CST
United Center
TV/Radio: NBCSCH/WGN

PROJECTED STARTERS

ChicagoCollin Delia (6–2–3, SV%: .923, GAA: 2.98)
Detroit Jonathan Bernier (6–12–2, SV%: .898, GAA: 3.34)

TEAM STATISTICS

Power Play
Chicago (21.8%, 10th)
Detroit (16.6%, 23rd)

Penalty Kill
Chicago (73.6%, 31st)
Detroit (77.3%, 25th)

Shots for/against
Chicago (31.5, 16th; 35.1, 30th)
Detroit (29.3, 25th; 32.8, 26th)

Shooting %
Chicago (10.2%, 11th)
Detroit (9.4%, 17th)

Faceoff %
Chicago (49.7%, 17th)
Detroit (51.2%, T8th)

Avg. height/weight
Chicago 6’1”, 197lbs
Detroit 6’2” 203lbs

PROJECTED LINES/PAIRINGS

Chicago Blackhawks

Drake CaggiulaJonathan ToewsPatrick Kane
Alex DeBrincatDylan StromeDominik Kahun
Brandon SaadArtem AnisimovBrendan Perlini
Chris KunitzMarcus KrugerJohn Hayden
Duncan KeithBrent Seabrook
Slater KoekkoekConnor Murphy
Gustav ForslingErik Gustafsson

Detroit Red Wings

Justin AbdelkaderDylan LarkinGustav Nyquist
Thomas VanekFrans NielsenAnthony Mantha
Darren HelmLuke GlendeningAndreas Athanasiou
Michael RasmussenJacob de la RoseChristoffer Ehn
Niklas KronwallMike Green
Dan DekeyserNick Jensen
Jonathan EricssonDennis Cholowski

Analysis

The Blackhawks have now won six-straight games thanks to their victory over the Vancouver Canucks in overtime on Thursday night. After two days off, the refreshed Blackhawks will welcome their old Western Conference foe, the Detroit Red Wings, to the United Center for Sunday matinée hockey.

The key thus far to the Blackhawks streak has been good goaltending mixed with quality offense. Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are both outpacing their scoring totals from last season and huge seasons from former Erie teammates Dylan Strome and Alex DeBrincat have propelled the Blackhawks thus far. If the Blackhawks truly want to compete for a playoff spot, they will need better scoring from the bottom six. Currently, Brandon Saad is the only player playing in the bottom six who has more than 25 points.

The Red Wings enter Sunday’s contest on the second leg of a back-to-back. The Red Wings lost in Buffalo on Saturday 3-1 to the Sabres. The Red Wings have now lost two-straight games after winning three-straight games dating back to January 22nd.

The Blackhawks need to take advantage of a tired Red Wings team. Detroit’s top-two scorers should pose some concern for the Blackhawks defense. Dylan Larkin leads the team with 52 points and is one of the fastest players in the NHL. He will certainly make the Blackhawks defense look foolish if he is given too much space. Gustav Nyquist can also prove to be dangerous if he is given space. In order for the Blackhawks to improve to seven-straight victories, they will need to nullify Detroit’s top-two forwards.

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    Ron Luce
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    Detroit Red Wings (21–27–7) vs Chicago Blackhawks (22–24–9) 2:00pm CST United Center TV/Radio: NBCSCH/WGN PROJECTED STARTERS Chicago – Collin Delia (6
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    Anonymous
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    Hey Ron:

    Are those the lineups form practice the last couple days?

    I like it, that’s how they should look based on what everyone is on the depth chart.

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