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[03/16/2014] Mini-GDT: Red Wings vs Blackhawks

Anyone for a little "Subtle Interference?"

I've got some stuff to take care of today, so this will be a very light-weight GDT. Hope you aren't offended; if you are, tough poop.

Sun, Mar 16, 2014

Detroit Red Wings
30 - 23 - 13 (73 pts)

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Chicago Blackhawks
38 - 15 - 14 (90 pts)

Catch It
Television: 7:30pm ET NBCSports Network
Radio: 97.1 / AM1270

Tonight's Officials
Referees: Frederick L'Ecuyer, Dave Jackson
Linesmen: Brad Lazarowich, Mike Cvik

NHL.com Preview
Blackhawks, Red Wings rekindle rivalry in Chicago
Saturday, 03.15.2014 / 10:55 PM
Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

Season Series
This is the second game between the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks, two Original Six teams that were divisional rivals in the Western Conference until realignment last summer. Detroit won 5-4 in a six-round shootout Jan. 22 at Joe Louis Arena.

Big Story
The Blackhawks have lost two games in a row, five of their previous eight, and remain locked in a battle for positioning in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with the Colorado Avalanche, who sit in second place in the Central Division, one point ahead of Chicago.

The Red Wings have been hindered by injuries and recently lost forward Todd Bertuzzi (lower body). But they still picked up two big points at home Friday night by beating the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 in a shootout. Detroit remains outside the top eight in the Eastern Conference and is looking to make the postseason for a 23rd straight season.

Team Scope
Red Wings: Todd Bertuzzi
is the latest to leave the lineup, joining Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Stephen Weiss, Darren Helm, Jonas Gustavsson and Tomas Jurco. Regardless of the injuries, the Red Wings remain focused on their playoff push as they head into the stretch run of the regular season.

"It's been 22 [years] in a row now and we're trying to get into the playoffs 23 in a row," forward Gustav Nyquist said. "That's what we do here in Detroit and that's what our expectations are every year. Right now we're in the playoff hunt with a lot of different teams and it's going to be a race right down to the end."

Nyquist is one of a number of prospects who have earned more playing time as injuries have piled up. That group includes Luke Glendening, Tomas Tatar, Riley Sheahan and Teemu Pulkkinen, who made his NHL debut against Edmonton.

Blackhawks: Coach Joel Quenneville cut right to the point following a 3-2 loss Friday at home against the Nashville Predators, saying he wasn't happy with his team's game. He followed that by scheduling a late-morning practice Saturday that lasted 30 minutes but was spirited.

"I don't think [Quenneville's] very happy and I don't think we're very happy either," forward Patrick Sharp said. "A lot of the things that are costing us games are preventable. It's up to us players to apply what [Quenneville's] talking about in practice and meetings into the games."

Chicago could have forward Marian Hossa back in the lineup. Hossa has missed five games with an upper-body injury but said he'll likely play against Detroit.

Who's Hot
Sheahan has five goals and 12 points in 22 games since taking over in the middle of Detroit's second line. He had the lone regulation goal Friday. … Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews has seven goals and an assist in his past six games.

Injury Report
Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin (rotator cuff surgery) is expected to miss the rest of the season. ... Zetterberg (back surgery) is out for the regular season, and Datsyuk (knee) is being shelved for a couple more weeks. Forwards Weiss (sports hernia), Helm (concussion) and Bertuzzi (lower body) are day-to-day. Also out are goalie Gustavsson (groin) and forwards Joakim Andersson (broken foot), Daniel Cleary (knee) and Mikael Samuelsson (shoulder).

Last Game
EDM 1 @ DET 2 SO (3/14/14)
1st Period: DET Sheahan (Tatar, Miller) 13:53-EV
2nd Period: No scoring
3rd Period: EDM Smyth 8:43-EV
OT: No scoring
SO: DET Bertuzzi (save), EDM Eberle (save); DET Alfredsson (save), EDM Perron (save); DET Tatar (goal), EDM Hall (save)
Shots: DET 23 (6-7-7-3); EDM 22 (8-7-6-1)
Goalies: DET Howard (W, 21-22); EDM Fasth (OTL, 22-23)
PP: DET 0-4; EDM 0-2

Season Series
01/22/2014: Blackhawks 4 @ Red Wings 5

The Matchup
- Tonight is the 727th all-time meeting between DET and CHI
- Tonight is the 2nd of 2 meetings this season between DET and CHI, only meeting in CHI
- DET won 1st meeting of the season 5-4 in a shootout on 1/22 (Tatar, Eaves, Quincey, Nyquist scored for DET, Helm scored SO winner; Hossa, Shaw, Sharp, Kruger scored for CHI)
- CHI is 6-7-2 since DET’s win on 1/22
- Gustav Nyquist had 12 points (6-6-12) in 24 games before the 1/22 meeting; he has 20 points (10-10-20) in 17 game since
- DET’s all-time record vs. CHI: 364-265-84-13
- DET’s all-time road record at CHI: 147-159-51-7
- Daniel Alfredsson has 18 points (8-10-18) in 18 games vs. CHI
- David Legwand has 61 points (21-40-61) in 70 games vs. CHI
- Tomas Tatar has 2 goals in 3 games vs. CHI
- Cory Emmerton scored in his NHL debut vs. CHI on 1/22/11
- Kyle Quincey scored his 1st NHL goal on 4/7/07 vs. CHI
- Niklas Kronwall scored his 1st NHL goal on 1/14/04 vs. CHI
- DET assistant coach Bill Peters coached 5 current Blackhawks as the head coach of the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs from 2008-11: Brian Bickell, Brandon Bollig, Corey Crawford, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Ben Smith

- CHI F Marian Hossa had 71 points (40-31-71) in 74 with DET in 2008-09
- CHI F Patrick Kane played for Detroit Honeybaked on 2003-04 and the USNTDP from 2004-06
- CHI F Brandon Saad played for the USNTDP from 2008-10 and recorded 131 points (61-70-131) in 103 games with the Saginaw Spirit from 2010-12
- CHI D Sheldon Brookbank had 14 points (2-12-14) in 75 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins from 2001-03
- CHI D Duncan Keith had 24 points (6-18-24) with the Michigan State Spartans from 2001-03

This Date in Red Wings History
March 16, 1947 - Detroit’s Billy Taylor becomes the 1st player in NHL history to record seven assists in one game, as the Red Wings defeat Chicago 10-6. Taylor recorded 180 assists among his 267 career points in 323 NHL games with Toronto, Detroit, Boston and the NY Rangers.

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stonehands-78's avatar

tanx, RM.

GJM at TMR prolly summed things up quite well for today…

//sigh//

but

L.G.R.W.

never
never
never
give
up

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/16/14 at 12:50 PM ET

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If the Hawks don’t win this one by at least 4 foals they need to start saying their last goodbyes to The Cup, because they aren’t good enough to be seeing it again this year.

I got a brief moment of happiness when I realized the game was on NBCSN and I wouldn’t have to watch the local feed here in Chicago, then of course I remembered who the NBCSN announcers are.  Thankfully, I bought a bottle of rye whiskey yesterday because by Gord I’m going to need it so any enjoyment I can possible squeeze from the game isn’t subtly interfered with.

Thanks as always, Red.

L.G.R.W.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/16/14 at 01:05 PM ET

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Valek, Doc, Edzo and McGuire are doing the NBC game now in Pittsburgh, so unless they leave quickly and head to Chicago, we may be watching group B with the game.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/16/14 at 01:11 PM ET

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Thanks for the update, Paul.  Now maybe I can wait until game time to start drinking.

L.G.R.W.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/16/14 at 01:14 PM ET

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Thanks, RedM.  Raising a late morning mug-a Kona cawfee to the GDT.  Slainte.

March 16, 1947 - Detroit’s Billy Taylor becomes the 1st player in NHL history to record seven assists in one game, as the Red Wings defeat Chicago 10-6. Taylor recorded 180 assists among his 267 career points in 323 NHL games with Toronto, Detroit, Boston and the NY Rangers.

Good stuff.  Our two points, Wings.  Earn them.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 03/16/14 at 01:47 PM ET

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Valek, Doc, Edzo and McGuire are doing the NBC game now in Pittsburgh, so unless they leave quickly and head to Chicago, we may be watching group B with the game.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/16/14 at 01:11 PM ET

The Ides of March are for once on the Wings side.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 03/16/14 at 01:51 PM ET

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March 16, 1947 - Detroit’s Billy Taylor becomes the 1st player in NHL history to record seven assists in one game, as the Red Wings defeat Chicago 10-6.

I like this bit of history. Dare I say? A good omen.

Thanks Menace.

Bitches.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/16/14 at 02:23 PM ET

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Tack Rm !!!

March 16, 1947 - Detroit’s Billy Taylor becomes the 1st player in NHL history to record seven assists in one game, as the Red Wings defeat Chicago 10-6.

Wow..!!!!  So why not beat them 10-6 again..it’s two points..I’m in !!!
Lets Go Red Wings !!!! cool smile

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 03/16/14 at 02:43 PM ET

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Sorry, but I’ve gotten to the opinion that we’re better off missing the playoffs this year. Z and Pav need the time off, and face it, we’re not Cup contenders this year by any stretch*,
With some D reinfocements on draft day or something, we can compete next year, but mortgaing the future and forcing Pav and esp Z back will be worse than breaking the 22 years.

discuss.

*Insert “anything can happen in the playoffs” bit here.

Posted by harken23 on 03/16/14 at 04:11 PM ET

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Thanks RM! 

86 degrees and a hockey games on…... Boat Drinks for everyone!

Is Sammy really hurt?  I thought he was sitting due to incompetence.

The Quest For 23 continues.  Glad to see Tootoo is in the lineup. Plenty of flys to swat at.

LGRW !!!!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the pre-season shuffle.... on 03/16/14 at 04:40 PM ET

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Doc, Edzo and McGuire are doing the NBC game now in Pittsburgh, so unless they leave quickly and head to Chicago, we may be watching group B with the game.

Best news I’ve heard all day.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 03/16/14 at 04:46 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

The Quest For 23 continues.  Glad to see Tootoo is in the lineup. Plenty of flys to swat at.

LGRW !!!!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, enjoying a martini, or two….. on 03/16/14 at 04:40 PM ET

Indeed. The Quest For 23 continues. Concur on Tootoo. Pumpking Ale. It is sublime!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/16/14 at 04:50 PM ET

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Washington now leapfrogs Detroit into 3rd in the wildcard race, but with three games at hand

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 03/16/14 at 05:43 PM ET

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Valek, Doc, Edzo and McGuire are doing the NBC game now in Pittsburgh, so unless they leave quickly and head to Chicago, we may be watching group B with the game

I was planning to watch the game with the radio on, and the TV volume turned off. Maybe now I won’t have to do it.

Posted by bigfrog on 03/16/14 at 06:10 PM ET

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Thanks as always RM. Interesting stat with Legwand 61 points in 70 games vs shitcago. Need all hands on deck tonite. LGRW. Just win baby

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 03/16/14 at 07:12 PM ET

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