After taking the preseason opener in Pittsburgh, the other half of the Red Wings' camp squad traveled to Chicago for a game against the Hawks, losing 2-0 to the defending Stanley Cup Champs*.
The Wings were already down after Johan Franzen was ruled out with a sore hip flexor and the Hawks iced more NHL-ready guys and played their starter all 60 minutes, but it's preseason. Players are there to get practice in the things they're supposed to be doing. Hopefully this group is supposed to be doing most of the penalty killing for the Wings because holy shit did they take a lot of penalties.
Starting just 2:16 into the game, the Wings found themselves in trouble as Teemu Pulkkinen was ejected for boarding Blackhawks defenseman Mike Kostka, who didn't return to the game after the hit. Several penalties and one period later, Mitch Callahan got himself the same treatment when he was charged with hitting Sheldon Brookbank from behind at 2:20 of the 2nd.
The Hawks controlled play through most of the game, but weren't able to crack the defense and Jonas Gustavsson until the game's 37th minute, as Patrick Sharp picked up a drop pass from Jeremy Morin and snapped it past the Monster. Just over a minute later, Ben Smith put the Hawks up 2-0 with a nifty deflection of a Jimmy Hayes shot.
The third period was rather uneventful, with the Wings only getting four shots off in the stunted comeback attempt. Overall the Hawks outshot the Wings 32-17 and certainly were the better team in this one.
No bullets tonight, as I didn't actually get to see the game and the WGN Radio announcers were just shy of unlistenable as far as how well they covered the game. They essentially acted as baseball announcers, calling the game at a more-leisurely pace than it was actually played, often taking long breaks to discuss dumb things while the sounds of the game faintly cried for attention in the background.
That and I'm not sure either one pronounced Andreas Athanasiou or Xavier Oullet's names correct the entire night.
Detroit's next game is Thursday in Boston at 7:00