March 3, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith (2) during the third period against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Joe Louis Arena. Chicago won 2-1 in a shoot out. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Preview: Red Wings Hunt For Goals Against The Blackhawks

The Detroit Red Wings are back in The Joe tonight to face-off against the Chicago Blackhawks at 12:#0 p.m. EDT.

The Red Wings are coming of a a successful western road trip, in which they acquired 6 out of 8 points. Their last game against San Jose was a bit of a let down, but sometimes the puck does not bounce the Wings way and that was one of the games. Once back in Detroit the front office made a big move by bringing in, Michigan native and Western Michigan Alum, defenseman Danny DeKeyser.

Chicago has lost 3 of their past 4 games and goalie Ray Emery lost his first game of the season against the Ducks. The Blackhawks head into Detroit down two of their best offensive players in Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa, but with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane in the line-up they are still very dangerous.

Projected Line-up

Forwards

Johan Franzen – Pavel Datsyuk – Justin Abdelkader

Valtteri Filppula – Henrik Zetterberg – Damien Brunner

Daniel Cleary – Joakim Andersson  Mikael Samuelsson

Drew Miller – Cory Emmerton – Patrick Eaves

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall – Jonathan Ericsson

Brendan Smith  Brian Lashoff

Jakub Kindl  Ian White

Goaltender

Jimmy Howard

Kent Huskins was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for a conditional 7th round pick, which would activate if he was re-signed by the Flyers before October 1st.

Defenseman, Carlo Colaiacovo was sent to Grand Rapids for a conditioning stint and will be back with the team within 10 days.

Nov 12, 2011; Toronto, ON, Canada; Hall of Fame member Gordie Howeduring the pre-game ceremonies before the start of the Ottawa Senators game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. The Senators beat the Maple Leafs 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Forwards Mikael Samuelsson and Johan Franzen are expected to suit up for the Wings which means that Gustav Nyquist will be sent to GR to make room on the 23 man roster.

The Red Wings power play was only given one opportunity in their last game, but didn’t convert, which snapped their 8 game streak.

Speaking of streaks, Damien Brunners goal drought continues to trudge along.

Prediction: Red Wings come out blazing after Gordie gives them a pep talk on his birthday and do not look back. Red Wings victory 4-1.

All of us here at Octopus Thrower would like to wish a happy birthday to Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe!

UPDATE: Henrik Zetterberg is a late scratch against the Hawks.

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