The Chicago Blackhawks start their six-game road trip tonight in Detroit in what is sure to be a good game. The Red Wings are sitting at the bottom of the Central Division and for the Blackhawks to continue to build in the standings, a win tonight is a necessity.
The Blackhawks are in the mix within the Central Divison. It is still shocking to me that the team is in this position, but they just won’t quit in games. Since the last time Detroit and Chicago played, the ‘Hawks have turned their season around and went from 2-3-1 to 7-5-4. Detroit has just continued to sink in the Standings now sitting at the bottom of the Central with just 10 points while being tied for the most games played at 16.
The Red Wings’ most recent game came in Nashville against the Predators in what ended up being a 4-2 win for the Wings. Jonathan Bernier made some critical saves in the victory over Nashville. I think the ‘Hawks are a better team than Nashville though, and I hope tonight’s game proves that.
Getting two wins in Detroit is critical for the ‘Hawks before they head to Carolina for back to back games. Carolina is one of the better teams in this division, and the Blackhawks need to have some momentum going into those matchups on Friday and Saturday.
The Red Wings have a below-average power play and penalty kill, so winning the special teams battle tonight is expected. Seeing that Detroit has only scored four power-play goals all season, if they do score one tonight I am just going to call it now that the Blackhawks lose the game.
Projected lineups for the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings:
DeBrincat – Suter – Kane
Janmark – Strome – Kubalik
Hagel – Soderberg – Kurashev
Highmore -Kampf – Johnson
Keith – Mitchell
de Haan – Carlsson
Zadorov – Beaudin
Brome – Larkin – Zadina
Ryan – Fabbri – Mantha
Filppula – Namestinkov – Gagner
Nielsen – Glendening – Erne
Nemeth – Hronek
Staal – Stecher
Djroos – Merrill
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Point Leader: Anthony Mantha (five goals four assists)
Time: 6:30 PM Central
Where: Little Caesars Arena
TV Broadcast: NBC Sports Chicago
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