Red Wings vs. Blackhawks — Gameday Updates, Projected Lineups and Keys to the Game
This is what Bobby Ryan had to say about playing for the Red Wings during an interview with Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press:
I feel fortunate I’ve gotten to play here, wear the Winged Wheel. Everything about it has been an incredible experience, so if there is an opportunity to come back in the summer... it will be very high on my list. I absolutely love it here.
This is great news, not only because I’ve liked what Ryan has brought to the lineup this year, but it seems Steve Yzerman is having an impact on the veteran players. This will be key to the Wings re-shaping this franchise and getting back to contention if they can coax more veterans into signing here.
Malcolm Subban is working in the starter’s net this morning.— Charlie Roumeliotis (@CRoumeliotis) February 27, 2021
Looks like he’ll be getting a second straight start for the first time all season. #Blackhawks pic.twitter.com/hKPCJ8QzgS
Blackhawks sent down Nicolas Beaudin to Rockford.— Ben Pope (@BenPopeCST) February 26, 2021
They’re sending Collin Delia to Rockford for a conditioning assignment too, so he doesn’t have to go through waivers.
Brad Morrison and Hakkarrainen also recalled from Rockford to taxi squad; Reese Johnson and Kalynuk sent down.
Late Update: Could this be the night that Svechnikov gets in the lineup? We’ll see! - Peter
UPDATE: Forwards Frans Nielsen and Evgeny Svechnikov have been recalled from the #RedWings taxi squad.— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) February 27, 2021
Additionally, goaltender Kaden Fulcher has been reassigned to the taxi squad from the Grand Rapids Griffins. pic.twitter.com/ZESShq5PTy
Detroit Red Wings
(Plugging in Svechnikov for Brome. No clue if that’ll happen - Peter)
Robby Fabbri — Dylan Larkin — Anthony Mantha
Bobby Ryan — Vladislav Namestnikov — Filip Zadina
Evgeny Svechnikov — Valtteri Filppula — Sam Gagner
Darren Helm — Luke Glendening — Adam Erne
Dan DeKeyser — Filip Hronek
Marc Staal — Jon Merrill
Christian Djoos — Patrik Nemeth
Alex DeBrincat — Pius Suter — Patrick Kane
Brandon Hagel — Lucas Wallmark — Dominik Kubalik
Philipp Kurashev — Carl Soderberg — Mattias Janmark
Matthew Highmore — David Kampf — Ryan Carpenter
Duncan Keith — Ian Mitchell
Connor Murphy — Nikita Zadorov
Calvin de Haan — Adam Boqvist
Keys to the Game
Contain Patrick Kane
Considering the hot start that Kane has had this year — 31 points in 21 games — it’s impossible to think you can shut him down completely. He’s a dynamic threat anywhere on the ice and the lifeline of this Hawks offense, but if the Wings can manage to contain him in any capacity, their odds of winning increase. Kane has five points in four games against Detroit this year, so the visiting squad will have their work cut out for them.
A Powerplay Goal...Anyone?
The Wings have failed to score on their last 40 powerplay chances...40! This is getting ugly and as was alluded to earlier in the week, nobody seems to be able to take on the role of a strong net front presence. Tyler Bertuzzi seems to be deeply missed in that role, but somebody has to step up here, whether it’s Anthony Mantha or shuffling things up with a guy like Luke Glendening to pester the goaltender. Whatever the case, Detroit is currently on pace to break the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 1997-98 record of just a 9.35 PP% — yikes!
Be the Aggressor
Detroit has won two of their last three games, but let’s keep in perspective that they’re still being heavily outplayed at 5-on-5. Over their last four games, the Wings are operating at less than 50 CF% at even strength and considering the powerplay is in shambles, this won’t continue as a recipe for success. The Wings need to be the more aggressive team today and take the play to the Hawks. Be hard on the forecheck and generate some high danger chances, an area of improvement for the Wings as they rank 20th in the NHL at 48.55 HDCF%.