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Morning Skate: Red Wings vs. Blackhawks — Preview and How to Watch

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Wings look to dampen Hawks’ playoff hopes

Chicago Blackhawks v Detroit Red Wings Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Time: 7:30 PM ET

Place: Little Caesars Arena

TV: NBCSN

Radio: 97.1 FM The Ticket // 1270 AM

Hawks Blog: Second City Hockey

Game Preview

The Red Wings and Blackhawks meet for the second time in 10 days. The Wings will be hoping for a better spark to start this one, dropping the Feb. 10 matchup to the Hawks, 5-2. Of course, they won’t be playing a back-to-back this time around and will be looking to play the role of spoiler against a Hawks team that sits just one point out of a playoff spot in a putrid Western Conference.

I’m not sure there’s been a hotter player in the NHL right now than Patrick Kane, currently riding a 20-game point streak (that’s not a typo). He’s now tallied 90 points in 59 games this season amidst a pretty pedestrian campaign for the Hawks. He will be a primary focus for the Wings.

Lineup Notes

For the home team, expect Gustav Nyquist to be back in the lineup after missing the previous game with the flu.

An interesting note about Michael Rasmussen’s status here:

Considering Nyquist, Luke Glendening and Nick Jensen have been the subject of trade rumors, it would be interesting to see who would fill the roster from Grand Rapids if all three of them were dealt by next Monday.

For the Hawks...