The Blackhawks ended their winless streak at the start of the 2021 season on Friday and will now look for their first winning streak of the season in a late Sunday morning faceoff with the Red Wings.
It was a depleted Detroit lineup on Friday night at the United Center in Chicago’s 4-1 win, though. The Red Wings had four players on the NHL’s COVID Protocol list well before Friday’s game: defenseman Jon Merrill and forwards Sam Gagner, Adam Erne and Robby Fabbri. There was a late fifth addition, too, with Filip Zadina being scratched from Friday’s lineup following his placement on the COVID list.
It’s hard to envision too many lineup changes for the Red Wings without any known changes to the players on the COVID list, so Detroit will likely be severely shorthanded again for Sunday’s game. One potential change could be in net, where Jonathan Bernier may start in place of Thomas Greiss after the latter handled Friday’s assignment. Another could be on the fourth line where Darren Helm — this season’s winner of the “He’s Still Playing?!” game — is reportedly questionable for Sunday’s game.
Now that the Blackhawks roller-coaster plummet to start the season hit its bottom at four games, the chance for further development and evaluation of its younger players can really begin in earnest, starting with this game. No significant news emerged from Saturday’s practice, so the expectation here remains a very similar lineup for the home team as well. That includes Kevin Lankinen in net, who was stellar on Friday night while picking up his first career NHL victory.
One win from this weekend series with their oldest rivals has already been attained by the Blackhawks. But two wins over Detroit are always better than just one win over Detroit, right? Right.
Let’s go Hawks.
Tale of the tape (statistics from last season)
Blackhawks — Statistic — Red Wings
48.45% (22nd) — Corsi For — 45.99% (31st)
46.93% (27th) — Expected goals for — 44.40 (30th)
2.97 (18th) — Goals per game — 2.00 (31st)
3.06 (16th) — Goals against per game — 3.73 (31st)
49.9% (17th) — Faceoffs — 49.5% (20th)
15.2% (28th) — Power play — 14.9% (29th)
82.1% (9th) — Penalty kill — 74.3% (31st)
DeBrincat — Suter — Kane
Kubalik — Strome — Kurashev
Janmark — Wallmark — Shaw
Highmore — Kampf — Carpenter
Keith — Murphy
de Haan — Mitchell
Zadorov — Boqvist
Namestnikov — Larkin — Smith
Ryan — Rasmussen — Mantha
Bertuzzi — Glendening — Brome
Nielsen — Filppula — Helm
Hronek — Nemeth
Staal — Stecher
DeKeyser — Biega
How to watch
When: 11:30 a.m.
Where: United Center, Chicago
Live stream: NBC Sports app, NHL.TV