Previewing the Blackhawks

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Here are the lineups for both teams, from Khan (since there’s nothing on the D pairings, I just swapped in Kindl for Ericsson, but who knows how that’ll actually pan out come game time):

Detroit Chicago
Datsyuk-Zetterberg-Holmstrom Kopecky-Toews-Hossa
Franzen-Filppula-Bertuzzi Pisani-Pirri-Kane (apparently Sharp is hurt)
Hudler-Modano-Cleary Bickell-Bolland-Brouwer
Miller-Helm-Eaves Stalberg-Dowell-Skille
Lidstrom-Kindl Keith-Seabrook
Rafalski-Stuart Hjalmarsson-Leddy
Kronwall-Salei Scott-Boynton
Osgood Turco

What I’m looking forward to:
The Wings were riled up last night, and out to prove that they can still win.  Can they keep up that momentum?  The Wings will have to sit through the banner raising ceremony prior to the game–and I hope it makes them pissed.  Hopefully they can use that as motivation to go out and play spoiler to the Blackhawks’ big night in front of their home, bandwagon crowd.

I’m also looking forward to seeing Turco the first of 6 times.  Will his record with Dallas against Detroit continue now that he’s with Chicago?  He’s 6-12-5(T) against Detroit for his career.

And the power play needs to start cranking, because going 0-6 against the Ducks last night is really rather embarrassing.  It’s easily overlooked thanks to the 4-0 shutout, but I have a feeling they’ll need all gears turning tonight.

Who I’m looking at to have a good game:
Osgood gets his first start of the season in the second game due to back to backs.  This is a good chance for him to go out and prove himself early on and show the naysayers that he can still handle around 20 games this season, so he needs to be sharp.

Kindl also gets his first look at NHL action earlier than anticipated, and while I’m not certain if he’s playing with Lidstrom or not, it’s also good to see him dig in now.

The Ducks were more or less an easy opponent last night, and while Chicago lost practically half their team to Atlanta, it will still be more of a test.  Media types are saying that Chicago is still the team to beat, which is at least true in the fact that they are, like it or not, the reigning champions in the league.  A dominant win would help quiet Hawks bandwagon, and solidify the fact that the Wings are serious this season.


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