Blackhawks @ Red Wings - 1/14
Posted January 14, 2012 - 10:03 AM
If Detroit manages to avoid the trend (they did, after all, have a very good afternoon game against the Boston Bruins in the Thanksgiving Showdown earlier this season), a win would tie their franchise record as the fourteenth consecutive home victory.
Todd Bertuzzi will be a game-time decision for the Red Wings. If he can't go, they're expected to ice the same lineup as they did on Thursday in a 3-2 shootout win over the Phoenix Coyotes. Mike Commodore will be out on defense and Jimmy Howard is expected to get the start in goal.
Game time is 12:30 PM. TV is NBC.
Posted January 14, 2012 - 12:43 PM
Posted January 14, 2012 - 02:27 PM
we're getting owned right now...
Posted January 14, 2012 - 03:04 PM
Damn close you were.
I had tweeted before the game that we needed Bertuzzi for the inevitable shootout. Breakaways work too.
Posted January 14, 2012 - 03:48 PM
Bertuzzi's winner (and his breakaway goal in the first) were fantastic and it's great to come away with two points, but I'm going to be a downer about this game.
The Red Wings absolutely dominated the first period. They had ten shots before the Blackhawks had one. If not for Chicago goalie Corey Crawford, Detroit could have had this game wrapped up in the first twenty minutes.
But they didn't. They carried only a two goal lead into the second period and then proceeded to play as if Chicago was out of it.
An odd bounce got the Blackhawks back into the game and then it was their turn to dominate in the third period, firing the first eleven shots of the frame. It took them the entire period but eventually they tied things back up.
Thankfully, the Red Wings dominated the OT and pulled out the win. That said, they had nine shots in OT, compared to only eight in the second and five in the third. That's a sign of how bad they were in those two periods, that they got more shots in a five-minute overtime than either of two entire twenty minute periods.
So positives: Jimmy Howard was a rock, once again. Domination of the first period and overtime.
Negatives: Absolutely fell asleep in the second and most of the third. Let the Blackhawks back in it enough that they got a point in the standings to stay ahead of the Wings.
I'll take the win but they've got work to do.
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