May 18, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20) is checked into the Detroit Red Wings bench by left wing Justin Abdelkader (8) in the second period of game two of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center. The Red Wings won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Game 3 – Red Wings Look To Take Series Lead In Hockeytown

The Detroit Red Wings face-off against the Chicago Blackhawks today at 7:30 p.m. EDT in Joe Louis Arena.

The Red Wings responded in game two after a bad start to the series and will look to continue their good fortune tonight. The Wings cannot afford to let the Blackhawks take the series lead again. If Detroit wants to take this series they have to go up a game.

The Blackhawks are not going to make it easy on Detroit though. Jonathan Toews was not happy with the officiating in game two and Marian Hossa was flopping all over the ice, so who knows what is in store tonight. The Red Wings do not need to take this game, but it would certainly help.

Projected Line-up


Johan Franzen – Pavel Datsyuk – Justin Abdelkader

Valtteri Filppula – Henrik Zetterberg – Daniel Cleary

Gustav Nyquist – Joakim Andersson  Damien Brunner

Drew Miller – Cory Emmerton – Patrick Eaves


Niklas Kronwall – Jonathan Ericsson

Brendan Smith  Kyle Quincey

Jakub Kindl  Carlo Colaiacovo


Jimmy Howard

Brendan Smith will need to play a simple game today, no bad turnovers and good offensive plays.

The forth line looked good in game two and Drew Miller brings more speed and defensive abilities to the the Wings.

The power play has to get jump started in game three, they cannot let Chicago get away clean after taking a penalty.

Prediction: Coming off of a big win in Chicago and playing in front of the home crowd should energize the Red Wings. 3-1 Red Wing victory.


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