Jan 22, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; NHL referee Ryan Galloway (82) holds back Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) from Detroit Red Wings right wing Luke Glendening (41) during the second period at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Former Rivals | Detroit Red Wings At Chicago Blackhawks Game Preview

The Detroit Red Wings are on the road against the Chicago Blackhawks tonight at 7:30 p.m. EDT.

The Red Wings are coming off of a big shootout win and if they can pick up two more points they will be tying with eighth place Philadelphia and closer to the  playoffs. The Red Wings will need to keep their mistakes to a minimum and keep attacking.

The Blackhawks are 2-3-0 in their past five games and are in third place in the Central Division. The Wild are five games away from tying the Hawks, so the Hawks will not be playing for much, but they will still be tough.

Projected Line-up

Forwards

Johan Franzen – David Legwand – Gustav Nyquist

Justin Abdelkader – Riley Sheahan – Tomas Tatar

Teemu Pulkkinen – Luke Glendening – Daniel Alfredsson

Drew Miller – Cory Emmerton – Jordin Tootoo

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall – Jonathan Ericsson

Kyle Quincey – Danny DeKeyser

Brendan Smith – Brian Lashoff

Goaltender

Jimmy Howard

  • The Red Wings have a 402-321-84 overall record against the Blackhawks and sport a decent winning percentage of 45.7% on the road.
  • Since 2010, the Red Wings are 0-0-0 against the Blackhawks. Tonight will be the second and last meeting between these teams this season.
  • The Red Wings beat the Blackhawks earlier this season five to four in the shootout and the Wings will be looking for another two points, tonight.
  • Todd Bertuzzi did not practice yesterday and will not be in the line-up against the Blackhawks.
  • In Bertuzzi’s place will be Jordin Tootoo, who was called up from Grand Rapids and could bring a lot of energy to the team.
  • Teemu Pulkkinen or Drew Miller will be move up to the Wings’ third line.

Prediction: This will be a tough game for the Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Blackhawks, but if Howard plays like he did against Edmonton he could steal this one. 4-3 Red Wings victory.

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