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Preseason Preview: Chicago Blackhawks Head to Motown to take on Detroit Red Wings

By Brian Kinkade

May 27, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Damien Brunner (24) and Chicago Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell (29) battle for the puck in the first period in game six of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Same teams, different city, different day, as the Chicago Blackhawks head to Motor City to take on the Detroit Red Wings.  It’s the 2nd preseason game for both the Blackhawks and the Red Wings, but the important thing to remember is that it’s one step closer to the regular season.

Listings: Tonight’s game will not be broadcast on televisions, but it will be aired on 87.7FM The Game.

Again, let’s be sure that we are all still being appreciative that NHL teams are playing other NHL teams again.  Preseason is a bit of a chore, but we are so close to real NHL regular season action that there is some built-in giddiness.

When these teams last met, on Tuesday, the Hawks topped the Wings, by a score of 2-1, off of Jonathan Toews’ game-winning goal.

Until the lineups are actually posted, we won’t know for sure who is and isn’t playing.  Gotta love preseason.  What we do know is that Antti Raanta will be starting in net, tonight, as Corey Crawford will have the night off.  Michael Leighton will eventually relieve Raanta in the 3rd period.

It is expected that Bryan Bickell will make his preseason debut tonight, since he is one of the regulars who did not play in Tuesday’s game.  Johnny Oduya will also be suiting up tonight, as he also is one of the regular not to play Tuesday.  Oduya appears to be fully healed from his broken foot.  It is expected that prospect defenseman, Stephen Johnswill get his first taste of NHL action tonight.  Hawks fans will want to get a good look at Johns, as he is expected to eventually be a long-term main-stay on the Hawks’ blueline.

One player/prospect who will not be playing tonight, is Teuvo Teravainen.  Teravainen is practically healthy, but the Hawks don’t see any good coming out of rushing him into a preseason game, this early.  Rest assured, Teravainen will get his turn.

There’s no need to be annoyed by the fact that both the Hawks and Red Wings are rolling out what is essentially their “B-Team” lineups(with a few exceptions), because we are getting our first looks at some intriguing prospects.  Also, it is one step closer to the NHL regular season.

Go Hawks!