Game Preview : It's The End, The End Of The Century

Jonathan Daniel

Chicago Blackhawks (64 pts 30-5-4) vs Detroit Red Wings (43 pts 19-16-5) 7:30 PM United Center - Chicago, IL. TV: CSN Chicago (NHL Network) Radio: WGN 720 AM

Season Series

Date Score W. Goal
Apr 12 '13
Mar 31 '13 CHI 7 at DET 1 B. Saad
Mar 03 '13 CHI 2 at DET 1 - SO P. Kane
Jan 27 '13 DET 1 at CHI 2 - OT N. Leddy

732. That is how many days it has been since the last time the Blackhawks lost to the Red Wings in regulation. With tonight being the last division/conference regular season game between these old rivals, I would love to keep that streak going. Corey Crawford gets the start in net tonight which should not surprise anyone. First off, Crow has been very good against Detroit this season (3-0-0, 0.96 GAA, .969 save %). Second, as I stated yesterday, Q is going to give Crawford every chance he can get to be the #1 goalie in the playoffs. That is, if Q hasn't made up his mind already. Dave Bolland will miss tonight's game but did drop hints that he will be making the trip to St. Louis on Sunday.

Detroit is in very unfamiliar waters as it is fighting for it's post season lives. Half of me wants them to miss the playoffs but the other half wants them to be the 8th seed so the Hawks can send them packing out East. You would think the Wings would come out with something extra tonight due to the playoff race and because of the 7-1 ass beating the Hawks gave them on Easter Sunday. The Wings can not afford to give up any more points. They had a third period lead on the San Jose Sharks last night, but ended up losing in a shootout. The recently extended Jimmy Howard will make his 4th start of the season against the Blackhawks tonight. Hopefully the Hawks PK unit will continue it's dominance tonight. Detroit is 0 for 10 on the power play so far this year versus the Blackhawks.

Probable Blackhawks linuep

Forwards

Brandon Saad - Jonathan Toews - Marian Hossa
Patrick Sharp - Marcus Kruger - Patrick Kane
Viktor Stalberg - Michal Handzus - Bryan Bickell
Michael Frolik - Andrew Shaw - Dan Carcillo

Defensive Pairings

Duncan Keith - Niklas Hjalmarsson
Nick Leddy - Brent Seabrook
Johnny Oduya - Michael Rozsival

Goaltender

Corey Crawford 15-4-4, 2.01 GAA, .922 save %, 2 SO

Injuries

Dave Bolland (lower body) OUT

Leading Scorers

Player GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
P. Kane 39 20 26 46 15 4 8 2
J. Toews 39 19 21 40 23 23 2 4
M. Hossa 32 14 10 24 13 14 3 5
B. Saad 38 9 14 23 14 8 0 2
D. Keith 39 2 20 22 16 29 1 0

Probable Red Wings lineup

Forwards

Henrik Zetterberg - Pavel Datsyuk - Justin Abdelkader
Gustav Nyquist - Johan Franzen - Drew Miller
Damien Brunner - Valtteri Filppula - Danny Cleary
Cory Emmerton - Joakim Andersson - Patrick Eaves

Defensive Pairings

Niklas Kronwall - Jonathan Ericsson
Kyle Quincey - Brendan Smith
Dan DeKeyser - Jakub Kindl

Goaltender

Jimmy Howard 16-12-5, 2.39 GAA, .918 save %, 2 SO

Injuries

Darren Helm (back) OUT, Mikael Samuelsson (upper body) OUT

Leading Scorers

Player GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
P. Datsyuk 39 13 26 39 13 14 7 6
H. Zetterberg 38 8 28 36 -4 18 4 3
N. Kronwall 40 5 21 26 -10 40 2 2
J. Franzen 33 7 16 23 9 35 3 0
D. Brunner 36 11 11 22 -8 12 2 1

DET STATS CHI
40 GP 39
19 W 30
15 L 5
6 OT 4
44 P 64
0.55 P% 0.821
2.48 G/G 3.18
2.52 GA/G 2.03
18.3 PP% 16.7
79.9 PK% 85.7
29.5 S/G 31.5
28.6 SA/G 26
50.8 FO% 50.6

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