Game #40- Detroit Red Wings (19-16-5) vs Chicago Blackhawks (30-5-4)
Game Time-7:30 pm Central
Season Series- The Hawks lead 3-0 with a pair of 2-1 overtime wins one on a Nick Leddy goal and the other a Patrick Kane shootout goal. The third meeting was an Easter Sunday 7-1 destruction at Joe Louis Arena.
Preview- 725 meetings between the two franchises and all it took was a realignment package and now the Red Wings and Blackhawks will no longer be in the same division after this season with this being the last regular season contest as division rivals. The Red Wings are currently one little point away from being on the outside looking in on the 2013 playoffs. The Red Wings have the current longest streak of any team in the NHL with 21 consecutive playoff appearances. Their biggest weakness is not being able to put pucks in the net. Henrik Zetterberg is one of the few Red Wings playing good hockey having collected points in 9 out of his last 11 games. They have only scored one goal a game against the Hawks so something will need to change for the Red Wings for current history of the Blackhawks dominating play in this series to change.
The Blackhawks are playing with house money with a playoff birth secured and only 3 points away from clinching the Division title. With the playoff ticket punched and 18 days until the playoffs start, discussions start then they turn into controversies. The Ray Emery and Corey Crawford rotation is now a #1 goalie controversy for most Hawks fans, with Crawford getting the nod against Detroit. Dave Bolland is practicing but still has already been ruled out for Friday nights game.
Prediction- The Red Wings need this meeting more than the Hawks, but the Hawks have dominated the play in the last 10 games. Look for a tight 2-1 Hawks victory.
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