Three keys to tonight's Blackhawks, Red Wings matchup

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Three keys to tonight's Blackhawks, Red Wings matchup

1. Get ready for a barrage from these New Look Wings.

Yes, the Red Wings are without Nik Lidstrom, Brad Stuart and Tomas Holmstrom from last year's squad, but they still have Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and one of the best coaches in the league in Mike Babcock. He stated last night he wants to play as much of the game as he can in Chicagos end of the ice. Get ready for a ferocious forecheck.

2. Special Teams may be the decider.

Last year, Detroit was the second-least penalized team in the league. This year they are the second most, having taken eight minor penalties in their last win against Minnesota. Chicagos penalty kill still ranks among the tops in the league, having killed off 16 of 17 short handed situations, but they will be tested by a Detroit powerplay that scored its first goals of they year (2) against the Wild.

3. Wings taste best when theyre b-eaten at home.

The Red Wings are still the best rival the Chicago Blackhawks have. There is a lot of history between these two storied franchises. Detroit has fallen on hard times, and they are not the Wings of the past. But they still have what it takes to be spoilers, and they feel if they can win in Chicago, it may help change the mindset of their team. Chicago can set a new franchise record for consecutive wins to start a season. The United Center will be rocking.

Kevin Dineen to stay on Blackhawks' staff as Avalanche hire Jared Bednar

Kevin Dineen to stay on Blackhawks' staff as Avalanche hire Jared Bednar

The Blackhawks' coaching staff will be intact for the 2016-17 season.

Two weeks after Patrick Roy abruptly resigned as head coach, the Colorado Avalanche officially picked Jared Bednar to be his replacement over Blackhawks assistant Kevin Dineen, who was among the favorites for the coaching vacancy.

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Bednar has no National Hockey League coaching experience, but did guide the Columbus Blue Jackets' American Hockey League affiliate to a 15-2 postseason record last season en route to the franchise's first Calder Cup championship.

Retaining Dineen is good news for the Blackhawks, who start training camp next month, but it goes without saying that Dineen is certainly deserving of a second crack at a head coaching position in the near future.

Dineen, Mike Kitchen and head coach Joel Quenneville will enter their third season together after helping the Blackhawks capture a Stanley Cup in their first year as a group in 2015.

Jonathan Toews named Team Canada alternate captain for World Cup of Hockey

Jonathan Toews named Team Canada alternate captain for World Cup of Hockey

Jonathan Toews was named alternate captain of Team Canada on Thursday for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

Sidney Crosby was named Team Canada’s captain. Crosby, who claimed his second Stanley Cup in June, was also Team Canada’s captain en route to the gold medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

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Toews, who has been the Blackhawks’ captain since the 2008-09 season, was also alternate captain of Canada’s 2014 Olympic squad. Shea Weber of the Montreal Canadiens will serve as Team Canada’s other alternate captain.

Duncan Keith won't play for Team Canada in World Cup of Hockey

Duncan Keith won't play for Team Canada in World Cup of Hockey

Duncan Keith will not be part of the Blackhawks’ World Cup of Hockey contingent after all.

Keith will focus on improving his health rather than play for Team Canada in the tournament, which takes place next month in Toronto. The Blackhawks released a statement regarding Keith on Wednesday afternoon.

"As Duncan continues offseason rehabilitation on the right knee injury that he sustained last season, we understand his decision not to participate in next month’s World Cup of Hockey," team physician Dr. Michael Terry said in the statement. "We believe it is in his best interests to focus on getting stronger and not risk further injury."

Keith had surgery on that knee last October and was sidelined about one month.

St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester will take Keith’s place.