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The Blackhawks desperately look to regain form and get revenge on the Wings

NHL: JAN 14 Red Wings at Blackhawks Photo by Quinn Harris/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Location: Little Caesars Arena

Puck Drop: 7:30pm

TV/Radio: NBCSN/97.1fm

Blackhawks SBNation Blog: Second City Hockey

The Red Wings and Blackhawks face off at Little Caesars Arena tonight, giving Detroiters and green clad Chicagians the opportunity to see first-hand evidence whether Jonathan Toews is still carbon based or now a hologram. Sure there appears to be tangible evidence he exists on the television, but who knows anymore with the black mirror and such.

In their last meeting, Detroit blanked the Hawks 4-0 in what was a Sunday morning tilt. The Wings had been coming in on what was a back to back with travel putting up a surprisingly strong performance in front of Petr Mrazek.

Chicago has been struggling all season long. It’s been the perfect storm of cap hits, injury, and age catching up to the dynasty of this decade. Most damning has been the injury to the quiet backstop of their last couple Cups, Corey Crawford. They’ve been 5-7-1 since he went down with an upper body injury. He’s expected to join the team after the all-star break. When he’ll resume starting is still unknown.

Starting in Crawford’s place has been a tandem of Jeff Glass and Anton Forsberg. Glass started the previous game against the Wings, but played last night, losing on a Willie Nylander penalty shot in Chicago. Expect to see Forsberg.

For the Wings, unfortunately no Joe Hicketts. The decision came to bring up Dominic Turgeon, send Booth down and keep Witkowski around. It’s exhausting isn’t it? Oh well. The Wings didn’t play an especially bad game against the Flyers. So aside from Turgeon I don’t foresee Blashill playing with lines too much. Obviously Howard will be starting. There was no skate Wednesday, we’ll update you with any changes in the Game Day Update.

Here are projected lines from Second City Hockey

Forwards

Brandon Saad - Jonathan Toews - Anthony Duclair

Patrick Sharp - Nick Schmaltz - Patrick Kane

Alex DeBrincat - Artem Anisimov - Ryan Hartman

Tomas Jurco - David Kampf - Vinnie Hinostroza

Defense

Duncan Keith - Jordan Oesterle

Erik Gustaffson - Brent Seabrook

Michal Kempny - Connor Murphy

Goalies

Starting- Anton Forsberg, Jeff Glass

Lines originally dug up for Tuesday’s game from Red Wings’ Twitter’s good friend, Ansar Khan

Nyquist-Zetterberg-Mantha

Athanasiou-Larkin-Bertuzzi

Tatar-Nielsen-Turgeon (?)

Frk- Glendening-Witkowski (?)

DeKeyser-Jensen

Kronwall-Green

Ericsson-Ouellet

Jimmy Howard, Petr Mrazek

Gameday Prediction ContestContest

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Game Day Prediction Contest

Would you like to predict the outcome of the game and potentially become internet famous? Well you're in luck, because here's your opportunity. Here's how it works.

First off, if you don't have an SBN Username, make one! We'd love to have you, plus it's much easier to track your predictions season-long. Then make your guess on the winning team, final score, and who the Red Wings player of the game will be. Enter the required information into the form below using the formats indicated. If you don't use those formats, your answers will be disregarded. All submissions are timestamped and will be accepted only until the official game start time. Only one submission per person, please. The Red Wings POTG will be determined by the collective of WiiM writers.

Each correct winning team prediction is worth 1 point. Each correct player of the game prediction is worth 3 points. Each correct final score prediction is worth 5 points. If you get all three correct, you'll receive 15 points.

Good luck!