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WGD: Game 56: Red Wings vs. Blackhawks

Once a fierce original-6 rivalry, the Red Wings and Blackhawks days of NHL dominance are long gone. The rivalry has faded after since the Wings moved to the Eastern Conference. Nevertheless, beating the Blackhawks is always a good feeling.

The task at hand for this matinée match-up will be challenging however. Chicago is red-hot, currently riding a six game winning streak. Patrick Kane has been a man possessed with 29 points over a 13 game point streak. In fact, over Kane’s 54 games played this season he has only been held off the score-sheet 9 times. As the Blackhawks slowly creep back into the playoff picture, you have to think Kane is making a strong case for league MVP. He’ll be a tough match-up as always for Detroit’s defense.

THE RED WINGS

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Niklas Kronwall
NIKLAS KRONWALL
Mike Green
MIKE GREEN
Dan DeKeyser
DAN DEKEYSER
Nick Jensen
NICK JENSEN
Jonathan Ericsson
JONATHAN ERICSSON
Dennis Cholowski
DENNIS CHOLOWSKI

No lineup changes from last game. Jeff Blashill continues his approach of spreading the offense with Anthony Mantha manning the second line and Andreas Athanasiou on the third line.

The one down side to this is Detroit lacks the depth to bring up other players to the top-6. Justin Abdlekader is not a first line winger I can tell you that.

The Blackhawks

After since dealing away Nick Schmaltz to Arizona for Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini, Chicago has managed to find depth scoring. Strome has been a nice fit since coming to the Windy City, pairing nicely with Alex DeBrincat, who can score goals at will.

The defense is another story. This has to be one of the worst groups in the league. They are old, slow, and lacking chemistry. This game could very well be a track meet just because of the putrid defensive corps both teams boast

BETWEEN THE PIPES

Jonathan Bernier vs. Collin Delia

On the second half of a back-to-back, Jonathan Bernier gets the start while his counterpart Jimmy Howard gets some rest from the night before.

Delia is expected to be in net for the Blackhawks. Delia has been a great story this year, posting a .923 save percentage in 12 games this season.

HOW TO WATCH

Today’s game is an afternoon start at 3:00 P.M. EST. You’ll be able to watch the game on Fox Sports Detroit or NBCSCH if you’re watching from Chicago.