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Want to know something cool? Swedish forward Alexander Wennberg scored a goal by dropping the puck out of his hockey pants. The puck got lodged in his pants, he skated behind the goalie, and wiggled the puck out of his pants and into the net. The goal stood.

Kronner, your jersey is so soft! What fabric softener do you use?
Kronner, your jersey is so soft! What fabric softener do you use?
Claus Andersen
The Dirt

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)

Fun Fact

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.

Lineup

Forwards

Henrik Zetterberg

Pavel Datsyuk

Justin Abdelkader

Gustav Nyquist

Johan Franzen

Drew Miller

Daniel Cleary

Valtteri Filppula

Damien Brunner

Cory Emmerton

Joakim Andersson

Patrick Eaves

Defense

Niklas Kronwall

Jonathan Ericsson

Carlo Colaiacovo

Kyle Quincey

Danny DeKeyser

Jakub Kindl

Goalies

Jimmy Howard

Jonas Gustavsson

Healthy Scratches

Brian Lashoff

Brendan Smith

Jordin Tootoo

Ian White

Injured

Todd Bertuzzi (Back)

Darren Helm (Back)

Mikael Samuelsson (Torn Pectoral Muscle)


Blackhawks Anticipated lineup

Brandon SaadJonathan ToewsMarian Hossa

Patrick SharpMarcus Kruger – Patrick Kane

Bryan BickellMichal HandzusViktor Stalberg

Daniel CarcilloAndrew ShawMichael Frolik

Duncan KeithNiklas Hjalmarsson

Nick LeddyBrent Seabrook

Johnny OduyaMichal Rozsival

Corey Crawford

Ray Emery

Scratched: Sheldon Brookbank, Brandon Bollig, Dave Bolland (day-to-day, lower body)