Preview : Do Or Die, Part One Of Three (Hopefully)

Jonathan Daniel

Chicago Blackhawks (5-4) vs Detroit Red Wings (7-4) DET leads series 3-1 7pm United Center - Chicago, IL TV: NBC Radio: 720 AM WGN

Series Schedule

Date
Score W. Goal
May 29 '13
May 27 '13
May 25 '13
May 23 '13 CHI 0 at DET 2 J. Kindl
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

So here we are, the Blackhawks have painted themselves in a corner and unless they start a three game winning streak tonight, their season will come to a disappointing end. So instead of dancing with the girl you brought, Q is shuffling his lines once again. To me this reeks of desperation, but we shall see. It appears we might getting Patrick Sharp with Daydream Nation on the top line. We've seen great things out of this combination in the past and we will need a big encore from them tonight. Just because Q used the lines below in practice this morning doesn't mean we will see them tonight. The lines he used in practice on Thursday were not the same lines he used in Game 3, so we will just have to wait and see. It doesn't matter what the lines are, the Hawks need goals. The stars need to produce and our captain needs to show the hockey world why he should have been considered for the Hart Trophy.

Probable Blackhawks Lineup:

Forwards

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

Defensive Pairings

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

Goaltender

Corey Crawford 5-4 1.73 GAA, .935 save %, 1 SO

Leading Scorers

Player GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
P. Sharp 9 6 4 10 4 0 1 2
P. Kane 9 2 6 8 2 4 0 0
M. Hossa 9 4 3 7 1 0 2 0
D. Keith 9 1 5 6 3 4 0 0
B. Bickell 9 3 1 4 -2 8 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 7-4 2.22 GAA, .922 save %, 1 SO

Leading Scorers

Player GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
H. Zetterberg 11 3 7 10 5 6 1 1
D. Brunner 11 4 4 8 0 4 0 1
P. Datsyuk 11 3 5 8 2 2 0 0
D. Cleary 11 3 4 7 0 2 1 0
J. Franzen 11 4 2 6 -6 6 3 0

Playoff Stats

WINGS STATS HAWKS
11 GP 9
7 W 5
4 L 4
1 OT 1
0 P 0
0.636 P% 0.556
2.54 G/G 2.56
2.46 GA/G 1.89
17.5 PP% 12
78.4 PK% 96.9
29.6 S/G 33.2
32.3 SA/G 27.4
52.6 FO% 48.3

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