After dusting off the Anaheim Ducks last night 4-0, the Red Wings travel to Chicago for the Blackhawks' home opener, where they'll raise their franchise's fourth ever Stanley Cup banner in their 84-year history. Somewhere, Kirk Maltby will look on and smirk, because he's seen that many Red Wings banners raised during his career in Detroit.
The Hawks dropped their season opener on Thursday night to a young and often times outmatched Colorado Avalanche squad 4-3 in overtime. One game does not a season make, but the Hawks had trouble imposing their will with only half an established championship roster.
Chris Osgood gets the start in net: Whether or not he needs to redeem himself or prove himself or whatever in the eyes of Wings fans is moot. Osgood played well in preseason; I have no reason to believe he'll play anything less than that tonight.
- Jonathan Ericsson is out tonight: The Big Rig left last nights game with back spasms after playing pretty well in the first period. Jakub Kindl will skate in his place.
- Elsewhere around the league: Carolina finished the European sweep over Minnesota 2-1; Sharks over Columbus 3-2: Dallas recovered from an ugly first period to beat the Devils 4-3 in OT; Buffalo beat Ottawa 2-1; Atlanta surprised Washington 4-2
- Speaking of Atlanta: Scary moment last night as Atlanta goalie Andrej Pavelec collapsed on the ice during the first period of the game. He was rushed to the hospital, where he regained consciousness and remains in stable condition. Preliminary tests reveal no serious health problems. I hope this doesn't turn into another Jiri Fischer situation. Pavelec is 23 years old.
- Keep reading for the rest, including the match-ups to watch tonight
Game thread opens at 7:45. See you tonight!
[Update 3:00 PM EST: reports coming via Twitter have Brandon Pirri being called up to replace Patrick Sharp in the lineup tonight.]