There was an optional skate this morning and not much happened. However, I don't want to leave you out in the cold, so In the absence of actual news, here are a couple completely made up headlines.
- Johan Franzen will not play tonight after he was suspended for 1.5 games for taking a sucker out of Patrick Kane's mouth and throwing it on the ground. When asked by league head of player safety, Brendah Shanahan, why he did it, Franzen replied
He kept saying that Wings fans hate me because they wish I was Hossa. I just reached over and grabbed the sucker from him, it was too easy. It was like taking candy from a baby.
- Darren Helm may be out for the rest of the season, but that didn't stop him from streaking onto the ice during the Blackhawks morning skate. While the Hawks players ran practice drills, Helm skated onto the ice and proceeded to steal the puck from a surprised Toews.
I'm the Captain here, Toews said blankly, and I seriously didn't expect this. He just skated over to where we were working on power play drills, took the puck from us, and spent the next 30 seconds skating around us in our zone and refusing to give us the puck back.
Wings vs. Hawks
Tonight's game is the 725th all-time meeting between DET and CHI
This is DET's 364th all-time road game at CHI
DET's all-time record vs CHI: 363-265-84-12
DET's all-time road record at CHI: 147-159-51-6
DET is 0-1-2 in three games vs CHI this season
Last head-to-head game: CHI 7, DET 1 on Mar. 31 at Joe Louis Arena
DET is 3-4-3 in its last 10 regular season games vs CHI
DET is 2-2-1 in its last 5 regular season road games at CHI
DET's PP is 2-22 (9.1%) over the last 10 regular season games vs CHI
DET's PP has not scored in three games vs CHI this season (0-10, 0.0%)
DET's PK is 19-28 (67.9%) over the last 10 regular season games at CHI
Zetterberg 47 points (19-28-47) in 50 career games vs CHI
Datsyuk has 47 points (13-25-47) in 60 career games vs CHI
Quincey has 10 points (2-8-10) in 20 career games vs CHI
Howard is 4-7-4 with a 2.85 GAA and .903 SV% in 16 career games vs CHI
Individual Highs This Season
Most Goals Game: 3 (2x, Zetterberg 2/1 vs STL and Abdelkader 3/22 at ANA)
Most Assists Game: 3 (4x, Filppula 1/25 vs MIN, Franzen 2/1 vs STL, Kronwall 2/23 vs NSH and Datsyuk 3/16 at VAN)
Most Points Game: 5 (Zetterberg (3-2-5) on 2/1 vs STL)
Most SOG Game: 9 (Zetterberg 1/22 vs DAL)
Most PIM Game: 17 (Tootoo 2/21 vs CBJ)
Most TOI Game: 28:28 (Kronwall 1/21 at CBJ)
Most Hits Game: 8 (Abdelkader 4/11 vs SJS)
Most Blocked Shots Game: 7 (Huskins 1/25 vs MIN)
Jimmy Howard is the team spokesman for the Arthritis Foundation. Which is fitting because he's going to need their services when his back gives out from carrying the team. That and from carrying around all that money he'll have from his new contract.
Todd Bertuzzi (Back)
Darren Helm (Back)
Mikael Samuelsson (Torn Pectoral Muscle)