NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, January 27th
(All times Eastern)
Detroit Red Wings (2-2-0) at Chicago Blackhawks (5-0-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Chicago Blackhawks have matched the best start to a
season in franchise history and they'll try to remain unbeaten when they host
the rival Detroit Red Wings in Sunday's clash at United Center.
The Blackhawks have won five straight to begin the season, tying the 1971-72
club record with their 5-0 start. The last three victories have come by one-
goal margins, including Saturday's 3-2 win at Columbus.
Patrick Kane recorded his fourth multi-point game of the season with two
assists, as the Blackhawks continued their dominance in Columbus. Kane has two
goals and nine points on the season.
Jonathan Toews, Dave Bolland and Bryan Bickell scored for the Blackhawks,
while Corey Crawford made 24 saves in the win. Niklas Hjalmarsson finished
plus-3 with an assist for Chicago, which notched its eighth consecutive
victory over the Blue Jackets and seventh straight in Columbus.
"Finding ways to win is important," said Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville.
"You're not going to be great every night or your best every night."
Sunday's Central Division clash marks just the second home game of the season
for Chicago, which built a superb 27-8-6 record at United Center in 2011-12.
The Red Wings are 2-2 on the season and coming off Friday's victory against
the visiting Minnesota Wild. Detroit has yet to win consecutive games this
year and that could be a difficult task to achieve on Sunday against a
Blackhawks team that has won three straight and eight of the last 11
encounters in this series
Todd Bertuzzi scored twice in his first game of the season, while Pavel
Datsyuk added a goal and two assists as the Red Wings posted a 5-3 decision
over the Wild at Joe Louis Arena. It was Bertuzzi's first multi-goal effort
since Feb. 4 of last season against Chicago.
Henrik Zetterberg and Damien Brunner also lit the lamp for Detroit, while
Jimmy Howard stopped 23-of-26 shots for the win.
"We just needed a win, man," said Bertuzzi, who missed the first three games
of the season with an illness. "We need wins. I don't think it's anything
other than that."
On the injury front for Detroit, defenseman Jonathan Ericsson is expected to
return to action Sunday after missing the previous three games with a shoulder
Detroit went 17-21-3 as the visiting club in 2011-12. So far this season, the
Red Wings are 1-1 as the guest.
01/27 10:54:19 ET