A pivotal Game 3 for the Red Wings tonight at the Joe as they defend home ice against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Wings are looking to win two consecutive playoff games for only the second time in the playoffs. A victory tonight would put the Red Wings ahead in the series 2-1 and start to turn the screws on the Blackhawks who were the favorite to win this series and the Stanley Cup.
Here are three keys to the Red Wings win tonight.
- Young Players Must Play Within Themselves - The Red Wings have a talented core of young players but when they try to do too much bad things happen. Those bad things normally take the form of turnovers, errant passes and misplayed pucks and that normally leads to odd man rushes and scoring chances for the Blackhawks. The Red Wings young players need to slow down and trust the team’s playoff veterans to answer that call in crunch time.
- Limit Scoring Chances - This has been a problem for the Wings as they get careless with the puck in their own zone. Instead of trying to impersonate the Russian five they need to clear the zone quickly in order to limit chances for the Blackhawks.
- Pepper Crawford - The Red Wings need to shoot the puck and often. To often they get obsessed with finding the best possible shot. However the Wings have had the most success putting the puck on net and putting in a deflection. Franzen, Bertuzzi and Abdelkader are skilled at creating traffic in front of the net.
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