Tuesday, April 23, 2024

NHL Preview: Chicago Blackhawks (22-36-5) at Detroit Red Wings (28-26-9)

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS NOTES:

TONIGHT’S BROADCAST INFORMATION
TV: TNT – Kenny Albert (PxP), Keith Jones (analyst) and Darren Pang (analyst)
RADIO: WGN-AM 720 – John Wiedeman (PxP) and Troy Murray (analyst)

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Friday, March 10 at FLA, 6:00 p.m. CT (NBCSCH, WGN Radio)
Saturday, March 11 at TBL, 6:00 p.m. CT (NBCSCH, WGN Radio)
Tuesday, March 14 vs. BOS, 7:30 p.m. CT (NBCSCH, WGN Radio, Univision (Spanish))
Thursday, March 16 at NSH, 7:00 p.m. CT (ESPN+/Hulu, WGN Radio)
Saturday, March 18 at ARI, 9:30 p.m. CT (NBCSCH+, WGN Radio)

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
March 3 – Recalled Anders Bjork from Rockford … Activated MacKenzie Entwistle from IR … Activated Nikita Zaitsev from non-roster … Assigned David Gust, Brett Seney and Isaak Phillips to Rockford … March 2 – Recalled Lukas Reichel from Rockford … Feb. 27 – Activated Jarred Tinordi from IR … Feb. 26 – Activated Alex Stalock off IR and assigned Jaxson Stauber to Rockford … Feb. 25 – Placed Reese Johnson on IR retroactive to Feb. 20 … Activated Jujhar Khaira from IR … Feb. 23 – Signed David Gust to a two-year, two-way contract and recalled him from Rockford … Feb. 21 – Placed MacKenzie Entwistle on IR.

LAST TIME OUT
Score: Chicago (5) vs. Ottawa (0) – Mon., March 6 – United Center
CHI Goals: Kurashev (9), S. Jones (9), S. Jones (10), Dickinson (9), Reichel (2)
OTT Goals:
Goalies: CHI – Stalock (35/35, 60:00) OTT – Sogaard (16/21, 59:35)
CHI PP: 0/5; PK: 4/4
OTT PP: 0/4; PK: 5/5
Recap: The Blackhawks earned their third shutout win of the season, defeating the Red Wings 5-0 on Monday night … Seth Jones scored twice, extending his goal streak to three games (4G), tying his careerlong stretch (2017-18 w/ CBJ) … He’s the fifth Blackhawks defenseman in the past 30 years to post a three-game goal streak … Philipp Kurashev (1G), Jason Dickinson (1G, 1A) and Lukas Reichel (1G) each scored for Chicago … Andreas Athanasiou notched two assists … Alex Stalock made 35 saves, the most shutout saves of his career, besting a 30-save outing against the Jets on Oct. 11, 2014 (w/ SJS).

TONIGHT’S OPPONENT – DETROIT RED WINGS
The Blackhawks and Red Wings face off in the final of two matchups scheduled in 2022-23 on Wednesday night … Chicago enters Friday’s tilt boasting an 12-4-0 record against the Red Wings over their last 16 … The Blackhawks have also earned wins in six of their last eight and eight of their last 11 games at United Center against the Red Wings … Seth Jones has six assists over his last four games against Detroit, including two multi-point efforts … Petr Mrazek has wins in each of his last three decisions against the Red Wings … Mrazek boasts a 6-1-1 record in his last nine appearances against them dating back to the 2019-20 season, tied for the second-most wins by any goaltender against the Red Wings over that span … Andreas Athanasiou was originally drafted by the Red Wings in the fourth round (110th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft and compiled 154 points (83G, 71A) in 294 career games.
2022-23 Schedule/Results: HOME: Oct. 21 (4-3 OT) | AWAY: March 8
All-Time Record: 294-361-95 | Home: 175-144-58 | Road: 119-217-37
Last Home Win: Oct. 21, 2021 (4-3 OT)| Last Road Win: Jan. 26, 2022 (8-5) | Last Home Loss: Oct. 24,
2021 (3-6) | Last Road Loss: April 15, 2021 (1-4)

ACTIVE BLACKHAWKS VS. DET ALL-TIME
GOALS: Tyler Johnson, 9; Seth Jones, 4; Philipp Kurashev, 3
ASSISTS: Seth Jones, 19; Tyler Johnson, 12; Connor Murphy/Nikita Zaitsev, 4
POINTS: Seth Jones, 23; Tyler Johnson, 21; Connor Murphy, 6

BLACKHAWKS RECORD ON…
One-Day Rest: 13-15-1
Two-Days Rest: 4-4-0
Three+ Days Rest: 2-2-2
First Game of a B2B: 2-6-1
Second Game of a B2B: 1-9-1

BLACKHAWKS RECORD BY DAY
Monday: 1-2-0
Tuesday: 3-8-1
Wednesday: 1-6-0
Thursday: 4-5-1
Friday: 5-2-1
Saturday: 5-7-1
Sunday: 3-6-1

DETROIT RED WINGS NOTES:

LAST GAME
RED WINGS 1 at PHILADELPHIA 3 (3/5/23)
1ST PERIOD: DET Perron (Copp) 4:51-EV
2ND PERIOD: PHI Deslauriers (unassisted) 6:53-SH; PHI Cates (Seeler, Ristolainen) 12:57-EV
3RD PERIOD: PHI Laughton (unassisted) 18:12-EN
SHOTS: DET 26 (10-5-11) / PHI 37 (14-9-14)
GOALIES: DET Husso (L, 34-36) / PHI Hart (W, 25-26)
PP: DET 0-2 / PHI 0-3
MAN GAMES LOST (games missed / out since)
Michael Rasmussen – lower body (7 / Feb. 25)
Total Man Games Lost: 242
Individual Man Games Lost: Filip Zadina (37), Robby Fabbri (35), Jakub Vrána (33), Matt Luff (32), Tyler Bertuzzi (31), Robert Hägg (15), Elmer Söderblom (13), Gustav Lindström (11), Lucas Raymond (8), Oskar Sundqvist (7), Olli Määttä (4), Ville Husso (3), Jake Walman (3), Jordan Oesterle (2), Dylan Larkin (1)

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
3/6 – Reassigned goaltender John Lethemon from Grand Rapids to Toledo (ECHL)
3/5 – Assigned goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic to Grand Rapids
3/3 – Recalled goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic from Grand Rapids under emergency conditions … Signed forward Alex Chiasson and goaltender John Lethemon to one-year contracts for the remainder of the 2022-23 season … Acquired a fourth-round pick in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft from Minnesota in exchange for forward Oskar Sundqvist … Acquired a seventh-round pick in the 2025 NHL Entry Draft and forward Dylan McLaughlin from St. Louis in exchange for forward Jakub Vrána (Detroit will retain 50 percent of Vrána’s salary) … Loaned forward Dylan McLaughlin to Springfield (AHL)
3/2 – Recalled forward Adam Erne from Grand Rapids … Activated defenseman Jordan Oesterle from injured reserve … Placed forward Michael Rasmussen on injured reserve … Acquired a first-round pick in the 2024 NHL Entry Draft and a fourth-round pick in the 2025 NHL Entry Draft from Boston in exchange for forward Tyler Bertuzzi (Detroit will retain 50 percent of Bertuzzi’s salary)
3/1 – Signed forward Dylan Larkin to an eight-year contract extension with an average annual value of $8.7 million … Acquired a conditional first-round pick and a second-round pick in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft from Vancouver in exchange for defenseman Filip Hronek and a fourth-round pick in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft … Signed forward Alexandre Doucet to a three-year entry-level contract 2/28 – Signed defenseman Jake Walman to a three-year contract extension with an average annual value of $3.4 million

TONIGHT’S GAME
RED WINGS vs. BLACKHAWKS / 7:30 P.M. EST / LITTLE CAESARS ARENA / TV: TNT / RADIO: WXYT 97.1 FM
TONIGHT: 751st all-time meeting, 374th in Detroit … Second of two games this season, only game at Little Caesars Arena ALL-TIME vs. CHI: 372-277-84-17 / HOME: 221-111-33-8 / LAST 10: 3-5-2 / IN 2021-22: 1-1-0 / THIS SEASON: 0-0-1
DET top scorers vs. CHI: David Perron (19-18-37 in 60 GP), Andrew Copp (6-11-17 in 23 GP), Dylan Larkin (6-9-15 in 19 GP), Robby Fabbri (3-7-10 in 16 GP), Lucas Raymond (3-2-5 in 3 GP), Gustav Lindström (0-3-3 in 5 GP), Dominik Kubalík (1-1-2 in 1 GP), Pius Suter (2-0-2 in 3 GP), Moritz Seider (1-1-2 in 3 GP)
CHI top scorers vs. DET: Seth Jones (4-19-23 in 31 GP), Tyler Johnson (9-12-21 in 36 GP), Colin Blackwell (0-2-2 in 4 GP), Andreas Athanasiou (1-0-1 in 2 GP), Caleb Jones (0-1-1 in 2 GP)

UPCOMING GAMES (ALL TIMES ET)
Saturday, March 11: RED WINGS at BRUINS / 1:00 p.m. / TD Garden / TV: ESPN+, ABC / RADIO: WXYT 97.1 FM
Sunday, March 12: RED WINGS vs. BRUINS / 1:30 p.m. / LITTLE CAESARS ARENA / TV: TNT / RADIO: WXYT 97.1 FM
Tuesday, March 14: RED WINGS at PREDATORS / 8:00 p.m. / Bridgestone Arena / TV: BSD / RADIO: WXYT 97.1 FM

LAST TIME OUT
March 5 at Philadelphia – 3-1 L
Detroit fell 3-1 at Philadelphia to move to 28-26-9 overall and 13-14-5 on the road … The Red Wings are 6-3-1 on the road against Metropolitan Division opponents this season … David Perron opened the scoring with his 16th goal of the season … Perron has nine points (2-7-9) in 14 games since Feb. 9 vs. Calgary … Perron (16-23-39 in 63 GP) gained sole possession of second place among Detroit skaters with 39 points … Andrew Copp picked up the lone assist on Perron’s goal, giving him five points (1-4-5) in seven games since Feb. 23 against the New York Rangers … Ville Husso stopped 34-of-36 shots … Husso is 11-1-2 this season when making 32-or-more saves … Husso has allowed two goals or fewer in 22 starts this season, including seven of his last 11 games … Detroit is 18-10-7 this season when scoring first, and 8-5-5 when doing so on the road … The Red Wings are 11-4-2 this season when leading after one period, and 5-3-2 when doing so on the road … Detroit finished 33-for-54 (61.1%) at the faceoff circle … Larkin was 13-for-22 (59.1%) on the draw, while Pius Suter went 5-for-6 (83.3%) and Joe Veleno went 7-for-9 (77.8%).

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