If the Detroit Red Wings haven’t already burned the tape from Saturday’s 6-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens, it’ll be well out of mind Sunday evening when they take on the 0-4-1 Chicago Blackhawks.
The Wings allowed six unanswered goals in Saturday’s game and pulled starting goaltender Thomas Greiss after he allowed five goals on 17 shots. Expect Alex Nedeljkovic to start for Detroit on Sunday.
After scoring Detroit’s only goal on Saturday, Dylan Larkin will get one of his favourite linemates back against Chicago. Tyler Bertuzzi was ineligible to play in Montreal — being unable to enter Canada due to his unvaccinated status — but he’ll be back on the top line in the Windy City.
Detroit has now lost back-to-back games, getting outscored 9-1 over their past two contests against Montreal and the Calgary Flames. Puck-drop for this one will go at 7:00 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Detroit.
The Red Wings
Here’s our guess as to what Detroit’s lines will look like against Chicago:
Tyler Bertuzzi – Dylan Larkin – Lucas Raymond
Robby Fabbri – Pius Suter – Filip Zadina
Vladislav Namestnikov – Michael Rasmussen – Adam Erne
Givani Smith – Mitchell Stephens – Sam Gagner
Danny DeKeyser – Filip Hronek
Nick Leddy – Moritz Seider
Marc Staal – Gustav Lindstrom
Alex Nedeljkovic (starter)
Hronek sat out of Saturday’s game as a healthy scratch, likely owing to his struggles to start 2021–22. He should return to the lineup on Sunday.
Chicago, like Montreal, has struggled mightily to start the 2021–22 season. Here’s our best guess as to what their lineup will look like against Detroit:
Alex DeBrincat – Kirby Dach – Brandon Hagel
Dominik Kubalik – Jonathan Toews – Tyler Johnson
Adam Gaudette – Henrik Borgström – Dylan Strome
Jujhar Khaira – MacKenzie Entwistle – Ryan Carpenter
Calvin de Haan – Seth Jones
Jake McCabe – Connor Murphy
Riley Stillman – Erik Gustafsson
Kevin Lankinen (confirmed starter)
Patrick Kane (COVID-19 protocol) will miss Sunday’s game for Chicago.
Detroit: Tyler Bertuzzi (five goals, six points); Dylan Larkin (two goals, four points); Moritz Seider (zero goals, four points); Vladislav Namestnikov (two goals, three points); Lucas Raymond (one goal, three points); Adam Erne (one goal, three points); Robby Fabbri (one goal, three points).
Chicago: Patrick Kane (one goal, five points); Alex DeBrincat (two goals, three points); Kirby Dach (two goals, three points); Seth Jones (zero goals, three points); Dominik Kubalik (two goals, two points); Tyler Johnson (zero goals, two points); Brandon Hagel (zero goals, two points).
Players to watch
Detroit: The Red Wings could really use a big game out of Alex Nedeljkovic, who’s still searching for his first win with his new team. The 25-year-old goaltender is 0-1-1 with an .890 save percentage in his first three appearances with the Red Wings.
Chicago: After missing the entire 2020–21 season with an illness, Jonathan Toews is without a point in his first five games of 2021–22. With Chicago still searching for its first win of the season, it’ll need its captain to start producing in his top-six role. If Toews gets going, there’s a good chance we’ll also see it with Tyler Johnson and Dominik Kubalik.
Viewing and listening options
Saturday’s Red Wings game will be broadcast on Bally Sports Detroit, NBC Sports Chicago, Sportsnet One, and NHL Network.
It’ll be sent over the airwaves on WXVT-FM 97.1 “The Ticket” in the Detroit area, as well as on the Red Wings’ official website.