Sunday afternoon pucks and the Atlantic Division will duke it out with the Central Division as the Detroit Red Wings grapple with the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Red Wings are off a 3-1 loss to the Sabres on the road, while the Blackhawks are off a 4-3 OT win over the Canucks at home.
Red Wings Fall In Buffalo
The Detroit Red Wings had a nice little three-game winning streak going, but after losing to Buffalo on the road by a score of 3-1 on Saturday, they have now lost their last two games in a row. The Red Wings are a ways away from playoff contention as they are in 14th place in the Eastern Conference and 14 points out of the 8th spot. The offense has been struggling of late as they come in having averaged just 2.00 gpg over their last six games. All the scoring in the loss to Buffalo came in the 2nd period. Buffalo scored the first two before Detroit finally got on the board. Scoring that goal was Dylan Larkin, which was his 23rd of the year.
Absorbing the loss to the Sabres was Jimmy Howard, who allowed three goals on 21 shot attempts to fall to 15-20 with a 2.78 GAA on the year. Jonathan Bernier is slated to get the start in this one and he has gone 6-14 with a 3.34 GAA on the year, including 5-10 with a 3.48 GAA on the road. In his career, he has gone 3-2 with a 2.37 GAA against the Blackhawks. The Red Wings have gone 10-17 on the road and they have averaged 2.70 gpg and have allowed 3.48 gpg in those games. Detroit enters this game ranked 23rd in the league in power play conversions at 16.6% and 25th in penalty kill at 77.4%.
The Blackhawks Are Rolling
The Chicago Blackhawks have been one of the worst teams in the league for much of the year and they have spent plenty of time in the basement of the Central Division. Their address is still the bottom of the division, but Chicago has been on fire of late as they come in having won their last six games in a row. Chicago has also moved to within just four points of the 8th spot in the Western Conference playoff standings. The offense has really found their groove of late as they come in having averaged 5.17 gpg over their last six games. The Hawks still have issues in the crease as they have allowed 3.80 gpg over their last 10 games. Chicago is off a 4-3 OT win over the Canucks at home and scoring in the win was Alex Debrincat, who scored twice and now has 28 on the year, Brandon Saad, which was his 18th and Jonathan Toews, whose 24th of the year came at the 3:21 mark of the OT period.
Snatching up the win against the Canucks was Collin Delia, who stopped 40 of the 43 shots that he faced to improve to 6-5 with a 2.98 GAA on the year. Cam Ward is slated to get the start in this one and he has gone 10-12 with a 3.75 GAA on the year, including 3-6 with a 3.84 GAA here at home. In his career, he has gone 6-9 with a 2.49 GAA against the Red Wings. Chicago has gone 11-16 here at home for the year and they have averaged 3.11 gpg and have allowed 3.44 gpg in those games. The Blackhawks check in ranked 10th in power play conversions at 21.9% and 31st in penalty kill at 73.6%.
- 66-25 in their last 91 vs. a team with a winning % below .400
- The Over is 8-1-3 in their last 12 games playing on 2 days rest
- 9-20 in their last 29 vs. the Western Conference
- 3-7 in their last 10 vs. a team with a losing recor