The Detroit Red Wings are going to try to end a historic streak as the Chicago Blackhawks enter Joe Louis Arena tomorrow at 12:30 p.m.
The Red Wings are coming of a hard-fought victory against the San Jose Sharks, 2-1 in a shootout. Chicago is coming off of another win, this time with a 4-3 overtime win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Blackhawks are currently on an eight game-winning-streak, and a point streak for the ages. Chicago has a point in every game this season, and have not lost at all. Their 39 points is the most in the NHL by 9 points over Boston.
The Red Wings played Chicago earlier this season, and lost 2-1 at the United Center. However, this time the Red Wings will be at home, and I feel like the Wings will end the Blackhawks streak. Even though the Wings have been struggling on the defensive end, I think the Red Wings will be motivated tomorrow and win 3-2 in regulation.
I think the game winning goal will be scored by Pavel Datsyuk in the third period. I feel the Blackhawks will have the lead early, but the Wings will make a comeback.
The Red Wings need all the points they can get to stay in the competitive Western Conference race for the playoffs. Currently, the Red Wings are in fifth place, with 23 points. However, Nashville has 23 points as well, and four teams have 22 points. But the clump of teams doesn’t end there as three more teams are within 5 points of being in the playoffs.
As for tomorrow’s game, Chicago’s starting goaltender will be Corey Crawford, who is 9-0-3 on the season, and for the Red Wings it will be Jimmy Howard, who is 8-7-2 on the young season.