Hawks ready to face Red Wings

After coming from the All-Star break looking less than their best, the Blackhawks are looking more like their usual selves heading into Wednesday’s matchup agains the Red Wings. With points in their last six games, the Blackhawks are looking to keep a two-game win streak going against Detroit, who are winless in their last three games.

 

The Blackhawks have a lot of things going their way. The return of Kris Versteeg to the lineup has bolstered the forward depth, Ryan Hartman has been playing at a competitive level after his call-up, and defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk has been skating, though he isn’t yet close to an immediate return. Coach Joel Quenneville has spoken highly of late of Corey Crawford, who he says looks to be “back to where he was at the start of the year and the way we expect him to be, on top of his game and one of the top goalies in the game.” 

 

The Red Wings will be looking for a game against their once fierce rivals. Sitting third in the Atlantic division, they aren’t in any immediate danger of being caught by the Boston Bruins, who currently sit eight points back of the Wings. However, they are within striking distance of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens. Detroit is just four points behind Tampa Bay with four games in hand, and six points behind the Candiens with an extra game to play. It’s very possible for Detroit to finish in the top of their division, but that means capitalizing on every possible point that they can earn.

 

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