The Chicago Blackhawks suffered a bit of a wake-up call on Saturday, as the Detroit Red Wings beat them soundly to pull their second round playoff match-up even at a game apiece. As the Blackhawks look to bounce back, they will try and draw on their recent success on the road as the series shifts to Joe Louis Arena.
The last time the Blackhawks visited Detroit, they left as 7-1 victors, handing the Red Wings one of their worst losses of the season. They were 2-0 at Joe Louis Arena this season, and 2-0-1 there last season, They had a stellar road record this season, winning 18 games while only losing four in regulation. The loss on Saturday was a setback, but there are still many things going right for the Blackhawks in this series. The Red Wings are 0-for-7 on the power play, as Chicago’s penalty kill has limited their chances. The Blackhawks will also see forward Viktor Stalberg return to the lineup after being a healthy scratch in the first two games of the series.
The Blackhawks did only manage 20 shots on goal on Saturday, after peppering Jimmy Howard with 42 en route to a 4-1 win of their own in game one. Their success will depend on how many chances they are able to generate, and if Jonathan Toews can find a way to break through despite the Red Wings’ attempt at smothering him with Henrik Zetterberg, the team will be in great shape to bounce back on the road.
After Monday night’s game three, the two teams will not meet again until Thursday night.