Detroit Red Wings: 51-20-10, 112 pts.
Chicago Blackhawks: 45-24-12, 102 pts.
Detroit comes into this afternoon's game trying to get the sour taste of two straight late-game losses out of their mouth while facing the longtime rival Chicago Blackhawks. The Blackhawks took the previous meeting between the two on Saturday by a score of 4-2.
The Blackhawks benefited from a questionable call late in the third period. With the score tied at 2, Niklas Kronwall was called for a hook on Dustin Byfuglien with 28 seconds left to play and Byfuglien was awarded a penalty shot. He put the puck past Conklin for a late 3-2 Chicago lead and an empty netter by Andrew Ladd would add to the total as the Blackhawks escaped Detroit with a win.
Not much can be said for Detroit's luck as of late, losing two straight games late and losing 5 of the last 10. The Wings are again without Marian Hossa as he rests his groin for the playoff run. Like Saturday's meeting, neither team benefits in the standings from a win but both would like to take a win over the rival opponent and any confidence that comes from a win.
What to look for: Chicago's young talent could be a big part of this game and Jonathan Toews could have a say in the game's outcome. Detroit could expect a big game out of newly re-signed Johan Franzen, who signed an 11 year contract on Saturday. Both teams play physical against each other and play good defensive hockey.
The game starts at 2 p.m. ET on NBC and as always, GO WINGS!