May 20, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader (8) reacts after center Pavel Datsyuk (not pictured) scored a goal on Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) in the third period in game three of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Game 4 – Red Wings Can Put A Stranglehold On The Series Tonight

The Detroit Red Wings face-off against the Chicago Blackhawks today at 8:00 p.m. EDT in Joe Louis Arena.

The Detroit Red Wings are coming off a huge win to take the series lead and two days rest. This season, rest has not been the best thing for Detroit, but I do believe it helped them take game two because of the extra energy. The Red Wings dominated the face-off dot in game three and need to do the same tonight.

Chicago will want to come out and try to get the early goal, which would deflate the crowd and put the Wings off their game. Detroit need to be defensively responsible and not allow Chicago to have easy chances on Howard. Chicago wants to get under Detroit’s skin and there will be some rough stuff after the whistle tonight.

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

The Red Wings need to be smart tonight because the Blackhawks will try to get under their skin tonight.

Detroit cannot underestimate Chicago either, Chicago is a very talented team and Detroit has to respect that.

Jimmy Howard has been tested often this series and has been the Wings MVP so far.

Who would have thought that you would notice Carlo Colaiacovo for his good play rather than bad plays? Cola has been solid on defense next to Kindl.

Prediction: The Red Wings comfortably nest in the heads of the Chicago players and take another game at home. Red Wings victory 4-2.

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