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Previewing Wings/Blackhawks

via Kevin Weekes at NHL.com,

Blackhawks
Pluses: Marc-Andre Fleury is having a good season for them after a tough start. Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat are leading the way offensively as they have for a while. Seth Jones has been a great addition on defense. Chicago is still making games competitive in their rebuild and playing harder under coach Derek King since he replaced the fired Jeremy Colliton on Nov. 6..

Minuses: They've lost four in a row (0-2-2) following a four-game winning streak and have had trouble scoring, ranking 30th in the NHL (2.29 goals per game) and the penalty kill ranks 26th (75.6 percent). That's not a good recipe for success when you're not scoring goals but allowing them on the penalty kill.

Red Wings
Pluses: Lucas Raymond (33 points) and Moritz Seider (26 points) are each in the Calder Trophy conversation for rookie of the year. Captain Dylan Larkin has scored 37 points (19 goals, 18 assists) in 37 games and Tyler Bertuzzi has scored 36 points (19 goals, 17 assists) in 34 games. Goalies Alex Nedeljkovic and Thomas Greiss have been good and the rebuild is ahead of schedule after they missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs the past five seasons.

Minuses: They rank 24th in goals per game (2.67) and the power play is 29th (14.8 percent). Also, I would like to see more from their support players. It's usually not a good sign when two of your top five scorers are defensemen (Seider, Filip Hronek).

Remember the game tonight is a TNT exclusive.

Below find the game day preview with Ken Kal and Daniella Bruce, scheduled to start streaming at 4pm ET.

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Dan Rosen of NHL.com answers a Wings related question.

What do the Detroit Red Wings do at the 2022 NHL Trade Deadline? Do you see them as suitor for John Klingberg?—@punmasterrifkin

I can’t see the Red Wings in the market for Klingberg before the deadline (March 21). The 29-year-old Dallas Stars defenseman is in the final season of a seven-year contract and a pending unrestricted free agent (UFA). The Red Wings are not ready to make the move that would be required to get Klingberg, who may not be available because the Stars are in the Stanley Cup Playoff race. Either way, Detroit is not ready to mortgage some of its future to make a push this season. I think the Red Wings will either stand pat by the deadline or move out some pending UFAs (defensemen Nick Leddy, Danny DeKeyser, Marc Staal and Troy Stecher, and forwards Vladislav Namestnikov and Sam Gagner). I’d be surprised if general manager Steve Yzerman and the front office went into the market to add players unless they come to Detroit with term remaining on their contract and fit into the Red Wings age bracket, which leans younger. It also wouldn’t be shocking if they trade one of their younger players, like they did with forward Anthony Mantha last season to the Washington Capitals, if they get the right offer.

I can see the Red Wings targeting Klingberg in the offseason. I understand that might come with some hesitation from people who can’t get past his age and that he’s going want to cash in with a big contract that will take him well into his 30s. He reportedly has an NHL salary cap charge of $4.25 million annually (AAV), but even if he wants a five-year contract in the $7 million AAV range I would consider it if I were the Red Wings. I wouldn’t go longer than five years.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/26/22 at 03:15 PM ET

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Larkin will be mic’d up during the game tonight on TNT.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/26/22 at 03:23 PM ET

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I could see a 5 year deal for Klingberg. It’s unlikely we would be able to fill all the D slots out of our prospect pool within the 5 year window, and the ones we do develop won’t have huge cap hits before his expires.

Do I think he wants a 5 year deal? Nope.

Posted by pnwwing on 01/26/22 at 03:37 PM ET

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Remember the game tonight is a TNT exclusive.

THANK YOU This would not have recorded for me, and I like to watch the game an hour after they start to blow through the blowhards at intermission and commercials.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Window Seat on the Captain's Ship on 01/26/22 at 06:33 PM ET

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