Red Wings Roll Past Blackhawks

With four days to practice, the Detroit Red Wings put forth a dominating effort Friday night, rolling past the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-1.

The Red Wings outshot Chicago 37-26 in the effort, including a 20-shot second period in which they scored twice.

Luke Glendening opened the game’s scoring just 6:08 in, backhanding the rebound of a Drew Miller chance past Chicago goalie Corey Crawford. Miller had picked off a pass by the Blackhawks to get all alone in the slot for his initial opportunity.

Patrick Kane‘s power play goal with 8:44 left in the period tied it back up, as Kane was open on the right side of the net to take a crossing pass from Jonathan Toews and roof a shot past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard.

Johan Franzen and Tomas Tatar scored 1:10 apart in the second to put the Red Wings back out front.

At 4:49 of the period, Zetterberg picked off a pass by Kane in the Chicago end and poked the puck through to Franzen at the front of the net. Franzen kicked it from his skate to his stick and backhanded it over Crawford to make it 2-1.

Tatar put the rebound of a Joakim Andersson shot past Crawford on a three-on-two to make it 3-1 at 5:59.

Brendan Smith capped off a fast-moving third period with an empty net goal to finish off the game’s scoring.

Kane’s goal was the only power play tally of the night. Detroit had three chances with the extra attacker while Chicago had four.

The Red Wings are back in action on Sunday when they host the Montreal Canadiens.


Pavel Datsyuk returned from a groin injury to re-join the Detroit lineup… Tomas Jurco was back in the lineup after several games as a healthy scratch… Daniel Cleary and Andrej Nestrasil were healthy scratches up front while Brian Lashoff was a healthy scratch on defense… Backup goalie Tom McCollum was sent back to the Grand Rapids Griffins after the game and Petr Mrazek was called up.

Pregame: Blackhawks @ Red Wings – 11/14

After what seems like several months off, the Red Wings host the Chicago Blackhawks tonight.

The time off has been good for Pavel Datsyuk, who will return from his groin injury to join a line with Tomas Jurco and Justin Abdelkader.

To make room for Datsyuk and Jurco, Daniel Cleary and Andrej Nestrasil are back out of the lineup. Stephen Weiss remains on IR and Brian Lashoff will be the healthy scratch on the blue line.

Jimmy Howard gets the start in goal with Tom McCollum backing up.

Stupid stat of the day: The last time the Red Wings and Blackhawks played on November 14, Brendan Shanahan scored the overtime game-winner for Detroit.

Game time is 7:30 PM on FSD.