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Chicago Blackhawks (6-4) @ Detroit Red Wings (7-5) DET leads 3-2 7pm Joe Louis Arena - Detroit, MI TV: NBCSN Radio: 97.9 FM The Loop

Gregory Shamus

Series Schedule

Date Score W. Goal
May 29 '13
May 27 '13
May 25 '13 DET 1 at CHI 4 A. Shaw
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 which Blackhawks team will we see tonight? Will we see the disciplined team that dominated Games 1 and 5? Or will we see the team that gets easily frustrated and lost Games 2, 3 and 4? The Hawks have more talent than Detroit but have only showed it twice in this series so far. Tonight we will need to see the focused and physical team we saw on Saturday if we all want another game at the United Center. It will be interesting to see if the Hawks power play unit can carry of the momentum of scoring two goals in Game 5 into tonight's game. It would be nice considering the Hawks are 4-0 when scoring a power play goal this post season. For the most part, the Hawks have done a pretty good job in containing the Wings veteran core. They have relied on goals from their 3rd line and defensemen in earlier games. The Blackhawks will need to bottle up the likes of Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen and Henrik Zetterberg once again. I am hoping the Hawks come out hitting and get an early goal to set the tone. A win tonight will get us on final showdown on our home ice. Let's bring it home boys!

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

Goaltender

Corey Crawford 6-4, 1.66 GAA, .938 save %, 1 SO

Leading Scorers

Player GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
P. Sharp 10 6 4 10 4 0 1 2
P. Kane 10 2 7 9 3 4 0 0
M. Hossa 10 4 4 8 1 0 2 0
D. Keith 10 1 7 8 3 6 0 0
A. Shaw 10 3 3 6 3 20 1 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 7-5 2.36 GAA, .927 save %, 1 SO

Leading Scorer

Player GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
H. Zetterberg 12 3 8 11 5 6 1 1
D. Cleary 12 4 4 8 0 2 1 0
D. Brunner 12 4 4 8 0 4 0 1
P. Datsyuk 12 3 5 8 2 2 0 0
J. Franzen 12 4 2 6 -6 6 3 0

Playoff Stats

HAWKS STATS WINGS
10 GP 12
6 W 7
4 L 5
1 OT 1
0 P 0
0.6 P% 0.583
2.7 G/G 2.42
1.8 GA/G 2.58
17.9 PP% 15.9
97.2 PK% 75
34.4 S/G 29.3
27.3 SA/G 33.3
48.4 FO% 52.4

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