The Detroit Red Wings will look to snap a two-game losing skid on Wednesday when they play host to Chicago’s team at Little Caesars Arena.
Detroit and Chicago last faced off at United Center way back on Oct. 24, 2021. Lucas Raymond recorded his first National Hockey League hat trick and Alex Nedeljkovic made 32 saves in a 6–3 Red Wings victory.
Chicago and Detroit rank similarly in their respective division standings. At 18–18–6, the Red Wings currently sit in fifth place in the Atlantic Division (eight points outside a playoff spot); Chicago, at 15–20–7, sits nine points out of the Western Conference wild-card spot as the current No. 7 seed in the Central Division.
Wednesday’s game will be Pius Suter’s second against his former team. As a 24-year-old rookie with Chicago in 2020–21, Suter finished fourth in team scoring with 14 goals and 27 points in 55 games. Suter was one of just four Red Wings forwards not to record a point in his team’s first meeting with Chicago this season.
The Red Wings most recently played on Jan. 22, falling to the Nashville Predators on the road by a 4–1 score. Pavel Francouz and the Colorado Avalanche bested Chicago 2–0 on Jan. 24.
The Red Wings
Detroit practiced with these units on Tuesday:
Vladislav Namestnikov – Dylan Larkin – Lucas Raymond
Robby Fabbri – Pius Suter – Tyler Bertuzzi
Filip Zadina – Michael Rasmussen – Adam Erne
Givani Smith – Joe Veleno – Sam Gagner
Danny DeKeyser – Moritz Seider
Marc Staal – Filip Hronek
Nick Leddy – Gustav Lindstrom
Projected starter: Alex Nedeljkovic (12–11–5, .915 SV%)
Here’s Chicago’s projected lineup for Wednesday, via Daily Faceoff:
Brandon Hagel – Dylan Strome – Patrick Kane
Alex DeBrincat – Jonathan Toews – Sam Lafferty
Philipp Kurashev – Kirby Dach – Dominik Kubalik
Henrik Borgstrom – Ryan Carpenter – Mackenzie Entwistle
Jake McCabe – Seth Jones
Calvin de Haan – Connor Murphy
Caleb Jones – Erik Gustafsson
Projected starter: Marc-Andre Fleury (13–13–3, .913 SV%).
Detroit: Dylan Larkin (19 goals, 37 points); Tyler Bertuzzi (19 goals, 36 points); Lucas Raymond (11 goals, 33 points); Moritz Seider (three goals, 26 points); Filip Hronek (four goals, 21 points).
Chicago: Patrick Kane (nine goals, 36 points); Alex DeBrincat (24 goals, 33 points); Seth Jones (three goals, 26 points); Brandon Hagel (10 goals, 20 points); Jonathan Toews (four goals, 18 points).
Players to watch
Detroit: The Red Wings could still use a little bit more in all three zones from Filip Hronek, who has just one goal in his last 14 games. The 24-year-old defenceman has rebounded from an underwhelming 2020–21 campaign where he shot just 1.8 percent and registered only 15 points at even strength, but he could still stand to become more productive and contribute to a greater degree in his own zone.
Filip Hronek is doing reasonably well this season after a very underwhelming 2020–21 campaign. Having Seider and Lindstrom around for more support has likely helped him. #LGRW pic.twitter.com/R6nhx3dMhO
— Mike Gould (@miketgould) January 26, 2022
Chicago: Alex DeBrincat has fully emerged as the backbone of Chicago’s offensive attack. The 24-year-old winger is the only player on the team with more than 10 goals this season … and he already has 24 in 42 games. (No, he hasn’t spent all his time with Patrick Kane this season). DeBrincat has just one season left after this one on his contract, which counts for $6.4 million against Chicago’s salary cap each year, and he apparently isn’t untouchable in trade talks. It remains to be seen where the future lies for the product of Farmington Hills, MI.
Viewing and listening options
Wednesday’s game in Detroit will be broadcast on TNT starting at 8:30 p.m. ET. It’ll be sent over the airwaves on WXYT-FM 97.1 “The Ticket” in the Detroit area, as well as on the Red Wings’ official website.
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