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Tonight on NBCSN: Blackhawks and Red Wings face off in a battle of winning streaks

Feb 21, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

Pavel Datsyuk, Jonathan Toews AP

Things in the Detroit-Chicago rivalry this season have been relatively quiet but that’s not likely to stay the same when they meet tonight (8:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN). After going through a nine-game losing streak, the Blackhawks are winners of three in a row. Meanwhile, you might’ve heard a bit about the Red Wings’ home winning streak, but they head to Chicago on a six-game win streak of their own.

As the saying goes, something’s got to give.

Chicago snapping out of their funk has been thanks to opportunistic goal scoring and seeing Corey Crawford getting his game back in order. The Blackhawks pounced on both the Rangers and Blue Jackets recently to knock them down before they knew what hit them.

Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, and Marian Hossa have all been strong with their offense of late but could use a little more out of Patrick Kane to get back to their full capabilities. Duncan Keith reemerging as a presence along the blue line has given Chicago a huge lift to take the stress off their forwards as well. They’ll need all that and more against Detroit.

The Red Wings have seen just about everything go right of late. Jimmy Howard gets hurt? Fine, Joey MacDonald steps in and they don’t miss a beat. Henrik Zetterberg slumps? That’s OK, Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen will pick up the slack. Now Zetterberg is playing better and the Wings are getting production from all four lines as well as their defense. No wonder they’ve got the best record in the league.

One area where they’ve been weak all season, however, is on the road. We know how incredible the Red Wings have been at home, but away from Joe Louis Arena they’re mortal going 15-15-1. With Chicago once again beaming with confidence, if the Wings want to keep their own winning streak alive, they’ll have to get their match-ups figured out in the hostile atmosphere of United Center.

  1. yardstickstaal - Feb 21, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Too bad the wings can’t play every game at home, they might actually win some thing. Can’t wait till these molesters get exposed as the one trick pony they are. .500 team on the road, that will hold up great in a 7 game series

    • polegojim - Feb 21, 2012 at 9:18 AM

      20 straight years in the playoffs, multiple Stanley Cup victories and appearances.

      Nothing to prove to trolls. Climb back under that bridge little man.

    • amd18 - Feb 21, 2012 at 9:56 AM

      Actually, considering they’ll probably have home ice advantage through 4 rounds, they could be just fine playing .500 on the road in the playoffs.

    • gekkoguy82 - Feb 21, 2012 at 10:03 AM

      hahaha, you’re funny. You’re absolutely right! They really are a one trick pony. It’s just that they’ve done the one Stanley Cup trick 11 different times.

  2. polegojim - Feb 21, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Two great teams battling it out for top billing in the West.

    Awesome stuff.

    Can’t win them all, but the Wings must get better on the road.

  3. grillmarks - Feb 21, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    This should be a great game… and a national broadcast to boot.

    Very excited.

  4. kiopta1 - Feb 21, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Trolls are very much like right wingers and left wingers in that they love hyperbole and hate facts.

  5. yardstickstaal - Feb 21, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Not true, the franchise’s left wing James Neal loves facts and hates rapists

  6. mrskunitzdrippinlips - Feb 21, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    I hear if the red wings win the cup this year, instead of shaking bottles of champagne and spraying them every where, they are just going to rape women.

  7. themckman - Feb 21, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    This going to be streamed?

  8. chibimike - Feb 21, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Datsyuk out 2 weeks, got his knee scoped today.

  9. larrybiv - Feb 21, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Better get the facts straight. The Rangers have the BEST record in the league, via winning pct. More points, true. NOT for long though.
    Btw, I hope they dont get Nash, we dont need that contract. LGR!

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