Blackhawks vs Red Wings: Semifinals Game 2

 

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Round 2, Game 2

12:00 PM CST 5/18/13

 

The Blackhawks and Red Wings will match up again but don’t expect the Red Wings to come out the same as they did in game one. Look for the Red Wings to push back after falling decisively in game one. The Wings will have had time to study film and make the necessary adjustments.

The Wings will look to improve their skating speed and pace of their game. Look for them to come out flying and apply a heavier forecheck in the Hawks zone this game.

The Wings will also look to correct the fact that in game one they were outshot by a 2-1 margin. Look for them to try and get more shots on Corey Crawford. They will also look to crash the Hawks crease and try and establish net front presence.

Detroit is also well aware that in period three they have faltered and will look to make amends. Look for them to try and close strong.

The Blackhawks need to come out with an even greater intensity and speed than they did in game one. They also took too many penalties in game one and even though they have a great penalty kill,they still want to cut back on the penalties. Don't give Detroit anything free. 

The Hawks need to continue to barrage Jimmy Howard with shots. Look again for secondary scoring to strike since the Wings are not giving Jonathan Toews or Patrick Kane much room to maneuver. They too should try to gain better net front presence. 

The Hawks must also keep the Wings out of the slot and crease areas in front of Crawford. Detroit’s defenseman will probably be jumping in the offensive zone more in this game so the Hawks should be prepared for this.

In game one the Hawks moved the puck from their zone quickly and this will need to continue if they are to have continued success. If they continue their team defense with block shot, active sticks in passing lanes, back checks and a relentless forecheck they should come out of Chicago with another win.

Look also for amped up physical play on both sides as this series goes along.  While one must always be mindful of Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg the Hawks also can not sleep on Damien Brunner and Val Filppula who are always dangerous.

In what should be another chapter in the continued Hawks/Wings rivalry look for a much tighter game but again the hockey will be at it’s best with skills, skating, solid defense and excellent netminding. Detroit would love to steal a game in Chicago but look for the Hawks to not be in an obliging mood. 

The Puck Drops at 12:00 CST at the United Center in Chicago