DET (23-12-1) visit CHI (23-10-4) in the first of their six meetings this season. The ‘Hawks are tied with VAN for the most points in the league (50), the Wings have 47 and a game in hand. CHI enter this game 13-3-3 at the United Center (best in league home record) but had a season-best five-game home win streak snapped Wednesday with a 2-0 loss to Los Angeles. CHI has scored 67 goals at home, tied for the second-most in the league and three behind DET.
For the Wings to win tonight, they have to slow down CHI (and kill a damn penalty), Lidstrom: “You try to slow them down in the neutral zone, try to be close to them, not back up and give them a big gap. Forwards have to back-check and help out and put pressure on them.”
DET are 9-10 on the road, getting to .500 will be a challenge, but should be fun. LGRW
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