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Morning Skate: Blackhawks at Red Wings - Game 4 Preview

Mike Lawrie

8:00p ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, MI


Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

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So here we stand at more than 17,000 feet above sea level. We look around and most of the world is below us. We've come a very long way and have struggled to get here. There's a sense of accomplishment for having made it this far, for having committed to this.

Welcome to base camp, motherfuckers.

The peak? Well that's the part of the world where you have to keep looking up. That's where you want to be and although you've come a long way to get even this close, the heights left before you are outright staggering. You will have to work harder than you've worked and be ready to sacrifice. The very nature of what you're trying to accomplish is trying to kill you for daring to keep pushing upward. You've accomplished so much to even make it to base camp?

You've accomplished shit. Shut up and climb.

The Expected Lineup

Johan Franzen - Pavel Datsyuk - Justin Abdelkader

Valtteri Filppula - Henrik Zetterberg - Daniel Cleary

Gustav Nyquist - Joakim Andersson - Damien Brunner

Patrick Eaves - Cory Emmerton - Drew Miller


Niklas Kronwall - Jonathan Ericsson

Brendan Smith - Kyle Quincey

Carlo Colaiacovo - Jakub Kindl


Jimmy Howard (starting)

Jonas Gustavsson

Scratches: Ian White, Brian Lashoff, Jordin Tootoo, Mikael Samuelsson and Todd Bertuzzi

Injuries: Danny DeKeyser (thumb) and Darren Helm (back)

5-3 Record 6-4
2.88 (5th in NHL) Goals Per Game 2.60 (8th in NHL)
1.88 (2nd) Goals Against Per Game 2.70 (10th)
13.6% (12th) Power Play % 16.2% (9th)
100.0% (1st) Penalty Kill % 76.5% (11th)
Patrick Sharp (6 goals) Goal Leader 2 tied with 4 goals
Patrick Sharp (10 points) Points Leader Henrik Zetterberg (10 points)

  • The Red Wings are 37-40 (W-L) all-time against the Chicago Blackhawks in the postseason. Chicago has won 8 of the 15 series between these clubs.
  • Last time these two teams met in a Game 3 in the postseason was May 24, 2009. Detroit won 6-1. Marian Hossa scored twice… for the Red Wings. Zetterberg also added 2. Filppula and Franzen were your other goal scorers.
  • Howard is 5-1 with a 1.92 GAA and .926 SV% all time in Game 4's during his postseason career. That's not very good. He's also 4-1 all-time at home and 1-0 in overtime.
Prediction: Detroit wins 3-2 (OT).

Let's Go Red Wings.