Game Day Preview: Detroit Red Wings (2-0-1) vs Chicago Blackhawks (1-2-0) 10-2-16

Your Detroit Red Wings take on Original Six rivals Chicago Blackhawks tonight in what will be each club’s fourth preseason game. Chicago is coming off a 4-0 victory at home against the St. Louis Blues, while Detroit is trying to rebound from a 2-1 overtime loss against Boston. Chicago are letting the kids out to play tonight with only six true veterans in the lineup. Over the course of their three preseason games the Hawks have not scored a power play goal, but they do have a shorthanded goal courtesy of Tyler Motte against St. Louis. Look for that to be a point of focus tonight if they get a chance to go on the PP. Very young goaltending tonight for the Hawks so expect the Wings to pepper them early.  As of now no specific lines have been released so these pairing will most likely not be accurate come game time. Players left off the pairing lists are: forwards Alexandre Fortin and Chris DeSousa as well as defenseman Ville Pokka.

14 Richard Panik 37 Sam Carrick 38 Ryan Hartman
53 Brandon Mashinter 70 Dennis Rasmussen 41 Mark McNeill
24 Spencer Abbott 48 Vincent Hinostroza 28 Martin Lundberg
12 Jake Dowell 67 Tanner Kero 62 Luke Johnson

 

57 Trevor van Riemsdyk 56 Erik Gustafsson
43 Viktor Svedberg 47 Cameron Schilling
76 Robin Norell 42 Gustav Forsling

 

29 Ivan Nalimov
31 Lars Johansson

 

Detroit is looking for a rebound coming off a 2-1 overtime loss to Boston in a game they controlled until late into the third period. We see the return of Petr Mrazek from the World Cup of Hockey, he will play the whole game tonight and looks to continue his solid play. Perhaps more exciting for fans is the return of the electric AA-Larks-Mantha top line, Mantha has one preseason goal. The Red Wings as a team have four power play goals, with one of those belonging to Mitch Callahan. Glendening, Ott, Miller, Mantha, and Callahan have all scored this preseason, but expect Nosek to play hard to join those other forwards since he has to make up for lost time due to injury. Oh by the way, Luke Glendening is joined by a player who once also played for the ECHL affiliate Toledo Walleye tonight: Martin Frk. Expect Frk to make his presence known as well. Anticipate a lot of shots early by Detroit to test the young Blackhawks netminder, as well as a physical defense to negate the Hawks young forward core tonight.

 

72 Andreas Athanasiou 71 Dylan Larkin 39 Anthony Mantha
29 Steve Ott 41 Luke Glendening 20 Drew Miller
59 Tyler Bertuzzi 83 Tomas Nosek 42 Martin Frk
45 Collin Campbell 32 Louis-Marc Aubry 57 Mitch Callahan

 

65 Danny DeKeyser 2 Brendan Smith
61 Xavier Ouellet 48 Ryan Sproul
23 Brian Lashoff 18 Robbie Russo

 

34 Petr Mrazek (playing whole game)
31 Jared Coreau

 

Stats and Lines are taken from each teams respectively website as well as an article by Wings beat writer Ansar Khan:

http://www.mlive.com/redwings/index.ssf/2016/10/red_wings_lineup_vs_blackhawks.html#incart_river_index

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