Chicago enter’s the matchup after a crazy 8-7 home win over Ottawa that saw Alex DeBrincat score five points, including his fourth career hat trick. DeBrincat also tallied a hat trick last season in Detroit against his hometown team.
Patrick Kane stretched his point streak to 18 games, an NHL high this season, with a goal and two assists Monday. He has assists in 17 consecutive games, tying the third-longest streak in league history.
Kane can catch Adam Oates (1992-93 season) for the second longest assist streak on Wednesday. Wayne Gretzky holds the record at 23 during the 1990-91 campaign.
Chicago will turn to Cam Ward in net after he allowed four goals in relief Monday. Defenseman Brent Seabrook (abdominal strain) is out for a second straight game, while Brendan Perlini (illness) is a game-time decision.
Dominik Kahun had two goals and an assist, and Ward made 43 saves in the Blackhawks’ 5-2 win over Detroit on Feb. 10 in Chicago.
Detroit has dropped back-to-back games to Philadelphia. The Red Wings rallied from a four-goal deficit in the third period before falling 6-5 in overtime Saturday in Philadelphia, then lost 3-1 Sunday at home.
Detroit backup netminder Jonathan Bernier exited Sunday’s tilt after the first period due to a neck injury. Jimmy Howard entered in relief and is expected to start Wednesday night.
After 30-plus years broadcasting sports, Mike Tirico will call his first hockey game Wednesday. He’ll be joined in the booth by game analyst Eddie Olczyk and on-ice analyst Brian Boucher.
Caggiula — Toews — Kane
DeBrincat — Strome — Kahun
Saad — Anisimov — Sikura
Perlini — Kruger — Hayden
Keith — Gustafsson
Dahlstrom — Murphy
Koekkoek — Forsling
Bertuzzi — Larkin — Mantha
Nyquist — Nielsen — Vanek
Athanasiou — Glendening — Helm
Rasmussen — De la Rose — Abdelkader
Kronwall — Green
Dekeyser — Jensen
Hronek — Daley
How to watch
When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit
TV: NBC Sports Network