May 18, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks centerJonathan Toews
(19) passes the puck to right wingPatrick Kane
(88) as Detroit Red Wings centerHenrik Zetterberg
(40) loses his glove in the third period of game two of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center. The Red Wings won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Game #3- Chicago Blackhawks visits Detroit Red Wings (Series Tied 1-1)
Preview– Game #1 domination by the Hawks was replaced with a Game #2 domination by the Detroit Red Wings. Henrik Zetterberg and company have held the top line of Marian Hossa and Jonathan Toews in check through two games. The Red Wings have stole home ice advantage, but like the Minnesota Wild in round 1 will the Red Wings be able to play this style for an entire series or was this a one hit wonder. The Red Wings finally found some offense and it was really created by keeping an extra person back in the middle which in the end opened up the middle of the ice for the Wings. Jimmy Howard only had to face 20 shots on goal which is over half as few as game #1.
The Hawks after suffocating the Red Wings in Game 1 barely put up a fight in Game 2. The forecheck was absent from most of Game 2 will need to make an appearance at Joe Louis arena Monday night. The Hawks lost three home games on the road to the Stanley Cup in 2010 so it isn’t the end of the world losing a game at homte to the Red Wings. The way they lost the game has put some panic in the fan base. Jonathan Toews complained about the interference after the game while Red Wings fans say it was just a case of great defense by the Wings. The Hawks are needing a better effort from a lot of players but one I would like to spotlight is Brandon Saad. Saad hasn’t scored a goal in the playoffs and doesn’t quite look the same player as he did in the regular season. This being game 8 of the playoffs for Saad is about the amount of games that it took him in the regular season to settle down and score on a regular basis so maybe tonight will be his breakout playoff game.
Prediction– The Hawks play a great road game and get back to playing their style in a 4-2 victory.
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