Blackhawks at Red Wings: Gameday Updates

The heat of the rivalry may have been turned down to a low simmer, but it's always a fun time when the Blackhawks and Red Wings get together. For many years, the Hawks looked to the Wings as the measuring stick for whether they were good enough to win Cups; those roles have been switched, and now it's a younger Red Wing team that will see if they can get a victory against a very strong team.

The morning skates were pretty standard, and no surprises came out of them for either team. The Red Wings will continue to roll with the lineup that has won the last 3 games, although Petr Mrazek will get the nod in goal after overcoming his horrific groin injury, while the Blackhawks will insert Christian Ehrhoff into the lineup while still missing Marian Hossa and Dale Weise due to injury and immigration issues, respectively.

Line Combinations

Red Wings Expected Lineups


Henrik Zetterberg Pavel Datsyuk Justin Abdelkader
Gustav Nyquist Riley Sheahan Tomas Tatar
Brad Richards Andreas Athanasiou Dylan Larkin
Darren Helm Luke Glendening Tomas Jurco


Kyle Quincey Danny DeKeyser
Niklas Kronwall Alexey Marchenko
Jonathan Ericsson Mike Green


Petr Mrazek (starting)
Jimmy Howard

Scratches: Teemu Pulkkinen, Brendan Smith

Injuries: Johan Franzen, Drew Miller

Power-play units:

  1. Nyquist-Datsyuk-Zetterberg-Abdelkader (net front)-Kronwall
  2. Tatar-Larkin-Richards-Jurco (Net-Front)-Green

Fun Facts!

Red Wings all-time record against Chicago: 366-266-84-13 (W-L-T-OTL)

Red Wings goals for per game (GF/G) against the Blackhawks: 3.11

Red Wings goals against per game (GA/G) against the Blackhawks: 2.75

Key Matchups

Red Wings power play vs. Chicago penalty kill

The Red Wings ended an 0-for-20 skid on the power play with Pavel Datsyuk's OT winner against Dallas on Monday. The Wings' troubles on the power play have been well documented, but tonight they get to face the NHL's 22nd best PK unit. The PP hasn't looked great, but they should do what they can to take advantage of one of the few glaring weaknesses on this Chicago team.

Red Wings 3rd line vs Blackhawks bottom 2 defense pairs

Andreas Athanasiou had a fantastic performance against Dallas, and has combined with Dylan Larkin and Brad Richards to give the Wings a dangerous depth scoring line. I have to assume that Joel Quenneville will use his top pairing of Keith and Hjalmarsson against Datsyuk and Zetterberg, so the third line may be able to use their speed to exploit a less-than-mobile defense pairing, regardless of who is out there.

Our ears vs Ed Olczyk

Over/under on the number of times "subtle interference" is mentioned tonight: 3.5.

Let's Go Red Wings.