Chicago’s weaknesses open up an opportunity for the Detroit Red Wings.
The potential goaltenders for the Blackhawks — Malcolm Subban and Collin Delia — have a combined 84 NHL games between the two of them. Neither goalie has been able to seize a consistent starting role in the NHL. With the new division realignment, the Red Wings will have to play the Blackhawks eight times this season.
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The Detroit Red Wings aim to move on from an abysmal 2019-20 season — and the Blackhawks’ weaknesses will be a perfect opportunity to do so. While the Red Wings won’t be spectacular — or even good — this year, they’ll absolutely be better than they were last year. They have improved their offensive depth with Filip Zadina‘s arrival, solidified some of their defense, and added a new goaltender in Thomas Greiss.
While the Blackhawks have a better overall offense than the Red Wings this season, they fall apart on the backend with shaky goaltending and inconsistent defense. Detroit has better defensive depth and more consistent goaltending than the Blackhawks. If Zadina develops into a consistent threat and the second line builds some chemistry, they may even challenge the Blackhawks for offensive depth, as well.
The Detroit Red Wings are looking to turn over a new leaf — while the Blackhawks are struggling to adapt to their new role. While both teams are in the midst of their struggles, the light at the end of the tunnel is much clearer for the Red Wings. With Stan Bowman at Chicago’s helm, the Blackhawks will be fine. The fans will experience a series of rough seasons, but their rebuild will still take quite a bit of time.
Despite their struggles last season, the Detroit Red Wings can and will be better than the Blackhawks this season.