The Detroit Red Wings head home after a short two game road trip that saw them go two for two. The Red Wings come home winners of three straight games.
The Detroit Red Wings face the Chicago Blackhawks tonight for the first time this season. The Red Wings haven’t lost a regular season game to the Blackhawks in close to two years.
Jimmy Howard for his second straight start was outstanding and might even get back to back starts. Jimmy Howard, after stopping 29 of the 30 Rangers shots over a week ago, was arguably even better Monday night against the Dallas Stars.
Even though the Red Wings expect Petr Mrazek back tonight, Jimmy Howard has made a serious case to start his first back to back starts since the first month of the season.
The Blackhawks are starting Corey Crawford tonight. The Blackhawks are also in a neck and neck race with the Dallas Stars and also the St. Louis Blues for the Central Division.
All three teams have 83 points while the Red Wings are fourth in the Atlantic Division with 75 points. The Red Wings have won three straight and all of a sudden have built up some breathing room from either being in the playoffs or out of the playoffs.
The Red Wings lead the Philadelphia Flyers by six points right now for one of the Wild Card spots. Although, the Red Wings should rack up some points so they can sneak into the second spot in the Atlantic or even better catch the Panthers for the Division.
Here is all the information for tonight’s game:
Chicago Blackhawks (39-20-5) at Detroit Red Wings (32-20-11)
Joe Louis Arena – Detroit, MI
Game Time: 8:00 PM ET
TV: NBC Sports Network
Radio: 97.1 FM/1270 AM in Detroit (click here for affiliates)
Online Streaming: NHL Game Center Live, NBC Live Extra
This is the first of a back to back against the Blackhawks, though the second game is not until Sunday. That game will be in Chicago so it’s important that the Red Wings win tonight at the Joe.
The Blackhawks are 23-8-2 at home but just 16-12-3 on the road. The Red Wings have bounced back lately at the Joe after being winless for a long stretch to start the year.