Blackhawks-Red Wings: The rivalry continues tonight

Blackhawks-Red Wings: The rivalry continues tonight

April 12, 2013, 9:30 am
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Nina Falcone

After shutting out the Wild in a 1-0 victory on Tuesday night, the Blackhawks have returned home and will face off against the Detroit Red Wings. Catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet, beginning with Blackhawks Pregame Live at 7:00.

There's no doubt the Red Wings will enter tonight's matchup with a chip on their shoulders.

Today marks the fourth and final time these two teams will meet throughout the regular season, and so far the shortened 2013 campaign has been all in Chicago's favor.

The Blackhawks racked up overtime and shootout victories against the Red Wings earlier this season, but their 7-1 victory back on March 31 gives the visiting team plenty of reason to come out fighting tonight. 

"We all know how disappointed they're going to be about the last game we had, especially since it happened in their building," Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said following his team's Thursday practice. "We have to expect them to come back and want to get a little revenge on us."

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Corey Crawford has seen quite a bit of success against the Red Wings this season, going 3-0 and recording a .969 save percentage. But tonight he's putting the past behind him as he fights to go 4-0.

"It doesn't matter what happened, it's all about next game," Crawford said. "It really doesn't matter whether I played good or bad... I've got to prepare myself. Every game's different."

And just in case a 7-1 loss on home ice isn't enough reason to seek revenge, the Red Wings are also hanging onto a playoff spot for dear life. They're currently ranked No. 8 in the Western Conference with the Coyotes trailing closely behind. Phoenix will take the ice tonight and face the Flames, and a victory in Calgary could quickly result in a tie for the eighth seed. 

Point leaders

Blackhawks: Patrick Kane (20 goals, 26 assists), Jonathan Toews (19 goals, 21 assists), Marian Hossa (14 goals, 10 assists)

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Red Wings: Pavel Datsyuk (13 goals, 26 assists), Henrik Zetterberg (eight goals, 28 assists), Niklas Kronwall (five goals, 21 assists)

Previous matchups

Blackhawks: The Blackhawks had two days off since their victory over Minnesota on Tuesday. They're entering tonight's game following three consecutive wins after earning two points in both weekend matchups against Nashville.

Red Wings: Need another reason to believe Detroit will come out strong tonight? Despite their history with the Blackhawks this season, the Red Wings are entering tonight's game following losses to the Blues and Sharks. They were shut out by St. Louis on home ice on Sunday and have only recorded two goals since April 5.

Join the conversation during tonight's matchup by using #HawksTalk on Twitter, and keep up with the latest team-related social media trends on Blackhawks Pulse.