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Game 56

You're gonna regret trying to block that Teeny Pokemon shot.
You're gonna regret trying to block that Teeny Pokemon shot.
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7:30p ET, United Center

Chicago,IL

TV: NBCSN

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Blackhawks Blog: Second City Hockey

The Wings are in the Windy City to take on their old division foes, the Chicago Blackhawks. Since the Wings move to the East, they've gone from playing Chicago 6 times a season, down to merely 2 and it feels odd.

Wait, what's that sound? That's Teemu Pulkkinen's goal song! Yes, Teeny Pokemon has been re-called from Grand Rapids and will hopefully score more goals than the entire Red Wings team did in their last game.

Chicago won their last game, beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 while the Wings lost to Carey Price 2-0. You don't have to be a mathlete to know you can't win a game if you don't score any goals, so Mike Babcock is doing the line shuffle tonight in addition to throwing the top scorer in the AHL into the mix.

The Hawks have at least a point in their last 6 games, and thanks to J.J. we now have a streaking Marian Hossa to deal with. Hossa had gone 5 games without a point and had 10 goals on the season.

Later that day Marian Hossa has 2 goals.

The next game Marian Hossa has 2 goals.

The next game Marian Hossa has 2 goals.

The next game Marian Hossa has a goal and an assist.

Thanks a lot, J.J.

We know Teemu Pulkkinen is in, but no confirmation yet on who's out. I'm hoping it's Joakim Andersson so let's go with that for  now. Pulkkinen was practicing on the 2nd power play unit with Datsyuk, Tatar, Sheahan, and DeKeyser.

The Expected Lineups

Forwards

Justin Abdelkader Henrik Zetterberg Teemu Pulkkinen
Darren Helm Pavel Datsyuk Tomas Tatar
Gustav Nyquist Riley Sheahan Stephen Weiss
Drew Miller Luke Glendening Tomas Jurco

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Danny DeKeyser Kyle Quincey
Alexey Marchenko Brendan Smith

Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard (starting)
Jonas Gustavsson


Scratches: Danny Cleary, Joakim Andersson

Injuries: Johan Franzen (headaches)

Forwards

Brandon Saad Jonathan Toews Marian Hossa
Kris Versteeg
Brad Richards
Patrick Kane you loan me 10 cents
Bryan Bickell
Andrew Shawty Fiya Burnin
Ryan Hartman
Patrick Sharp
Freddy Kruger
Ben Smith


Defensemen

Duncan Keith Michael Rozsival
Niklas Hjalmarsson Johnny Oduya want to build a snowman
Kyle Cuminskey Brent Seabrook


Goaltenders

Corey Crawford (starting)
Antti Matter Raanta


BLACKHAWKS
THE MATCH-UP RED WINGS
35-18-4 (74 pts; 3rd in Central) Record 31-14-10 (72 pts; 3rd in Atlantic)
2.90 (8th in NHL) Goals Per Game 2.87 (9th in NHL)
2.26 (2nd) Goals Against Per Game 2.42 (5th)
18.9% (13th) Power Play % 26.0% (1st)
87.9% (1st) Penalty Kill % 83.0% (10th)
Patrick Kane (27 goals) Goal Leader Tomas Tatar (23 goals)
Patrick Kane (63 points) Points Leader Henrik Zetterberg (49 points)

  • The Red Wings are 365-266-84-13 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time in the regular season against Chicago.

  • Last 10 Games: Detroit 6-3-1, Chicago 5-3-2

  • Jimmy Howard is 5-8-5 with a .905 SV% and 2.76 GAA in 19 career games against the Blackhawks.

Let's Go Red Wings!!!