As Duncan Keith succinctly put it, it’s not like the rookies are ‘kittens,’ which, we all hope, means they have some talons in them to stick it to the Wings in Wednesday’s game.
Monday’s game saw Detroit give up the game-winner to Chicago early in overtime. Mattias Janmark tipped in the first goal of the game just one minute into Monday’s game, giving him 6 goals in 17 games during his first season with the Hawks which matches his output in each of the last two seasons. But the possession stats tell a more worrisome tale for the veteran player as he ranks LAST on the team in shot-attempt ratio (CF%) at 37.14 (140 attempts for, 237 against) during 5-on-5 play).
Dominik Kubalik scored in the first period and added that overtime goal to give Chicago the victory, while Vlad Namestnikov scored for Detroit just as the first period was coming to a close and Christian Djoos tied the game in the third period with his first goal as a Red Wing.
Despite not scoring on Monday, the Blackhawks’ top line of Alex DeBrincat, Pius Suter and Patrick Kane is thriving. Kane is at the second highest point-per-game of his 14-year career with 22 points (7 goals, team-high 15 assists) in 17 games (1.22 PPG), Pius Suter’s assist on the overtime goal in Monday’s game was his 10th point of the season (6 G, 4A in 17 GP), moving him to the top of the league among NHL rookies. Alex DeBrincat’s game is much improved from last season with 16 points in 12 games through his impressive eight goals and eight assists. With Kevin Lankinen in goal tonight supporting this line, we’re sure to see some solid action against the Red Wings.
A great reference point for us Blackhawks fans is the NHL’s assessment of who would be taking home trophies if the season ended right now. Both Kevin Lankinen and Patrick Kane made the cut, with no surprise. But they can’t keep holding the team together by themselves without there being an eventual burnout.
Let’s go Hawks!
Tale of the tape
Blackhawks — Statistic — Red Wings
45.99% (30th) — Corsi For — 47.96% (26th)
45.0% (29th) — Expected goals for — 48.57% (23rd)
2.94 (17th) — Goals per game — 2.06 (30th)
2.88 (17th) — Goals against per game — 3.18 (22nd)
48.0% (25th) — Faceoffs — 52.2.5% (7th)
32.7% (4th) — Power play — 7.5% (30th)
81.1% (11th) — Penalty kill — 73.5% (26th)
Projected lineups (subject to change)
DeBrincat — Suter — Kane
Janmark — Strome — Kubalik
Kurashev — Soderberg — Hagel
Wallmark — Kampf — Johnson
Keith — Mitchell
de Haan — Carlsson
Zadorov — Beaudin
Zadina — Larkin — Brome
Mantha — Fabbri — Ryan
Flippula — Namestnikov — Gagner
Glendening — Nielsen — Erne
Nemeth — Hronek
Staal — Stecher
Djoos — Merrill
How to watch
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit
TV: NBC Sports Network
Live stream: NBC Sports app, NHL.TV