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Gregory Shamus

Chicago Blackhawks (5-3) @ Detroit Red Wings (6-4) Detroit leads series 2-1 6:30pm, Joe Louis Arena - Detroit, MI TV: NBCSN Radio: WGN 720 AM

Series Schedule

Date Score W. Goal
May 29 '13
May 27 '13
May 25 '13
May 23 '13
May 20 '13 CHI 1 at DET 3 D. Miller
May 18 '13 DET 4 at CHI 1 B. Smith
May 15 '13 DET 1 at CHI 4 J. Oduya

April 21st, 2012. That's the last time Jonathan Toews scored a playoff goal, the OT winner in Game 5 versus the Coyotes. That was nine playoff games ago. The captain is long overdue to light the lamp and tonight would be the best time for him to do so. The difference in the last two games has been the Hawks top two lines lack of production. All the players and coaches have spent the last two days saying all the right things. "We've got to score more goals." "We need more traffic in front of the net." "We've got to play our game." Blah, blah, blah. It's time to stop saying the right things and to start doing them on the ice. Normally at this point of the day I would be a nervous wreck for a game like tonight's. But for some reason that isn't the case. I feel pretty confident the Hawks' stars will lead them in a great bounce back game. And if I'm wrong, well my liver will hate me in the morning.

Probable Blackhawks Lineup:

Forwards

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

Defensive Pairings

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

Goaltender

Corey Crawford 5-3, 1.81 GAA, .932 save%, 1 SO

Leading Scorers

Player GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
P. Sharp 8 6 4 10 5 0 1 2
P. Kane 8 2 6 8 2 4 0 0
M. Hossa 8 4 3 7 1 0 2 0
D. Keith 8 1 5 6 4 4 0 0
B. Bickell 8 3 1 4 -1 4 0 1

Probable Red Wings Lineup:

Forwards

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

Defensive Pairings

Niklas Kronwall - Jonathan Ericsson
Brendan Smith - Kyle Quincey
Carlo Colaiacovo - Jakub Kindl

Goaltender

Jimmy Howard 6-4, 2.43 GAA, .923 save %, 0 SO

Leading Scorers

Player GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
H. Zetterberg 10 3 7 10 4 4 1 1
D. Brunner 10 4 4 8 0 4 0 1
P. Datsyuk 10 3 5 8 2 2 0 0
D. Cleary 10 2 4 6 -1 2 1 0
J. Franzen 10 4 1 5 -6 6 3 0

Playoff Stats

HAWKS STAT WINGS
8 GP 10
5 W 6
3 L 4
1 OT 1
0 P 0
0.625 P% 0.6
2.88 G/G 2.6
1.88 GA/G 2.7
13.6 PP% 16.2
100 PK% 76.5
33.9 S/G 29.9
27.5 SA/G 32.7
48.3 FO% 52.6

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