Rivalries don't get much older than this. The Detroit Red Wings (32-20-11) host the Chicago Blackhawks (39-20-5) for this week's episode of Wednesday Night Rivalry, starting at 8 PM ET on NBCSN. This will be the 730th time these two Original Six teams have met since joining the NHL in 1926. Detroit has the healthy advantage at 355-279-84-11.
Wednesday's game will be the first time Detroit and Chicago have faced each other this year – they'll meet again at the United Center on Sunday. The projected starters at Joe Louis Arena are Corey Crawford (.928 save percentage) for the Blackhawks and Jimmy Howard (.909 SV%) for the Red Wings. Crawford is in a bit of a slump, dropping seven of his last 13 starts, while Howard is 1-7-4 in his last dozen appearances.
Detroit might not have much choice but to go with Howard. No. 1 netminder Petr Mrazek (.927 SV%) suffered a mild groin injury last week and didn't dress for Monday's 3-2 overtime win over the Dallas Stars (–150 at home). Mrazek is listed as day-to-day; rookie Jared Coreau has been called up from the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins to back Howard up in goal.
NHL : Blackhawks Load Up for Detroit Trip
The 39-20-5 Chicago Blackhawks will have some new faces when they host the 32-20-11 Detroit Red Wings for this week's edition of Wednesday Night Rivalry (8 PM ET, NBCSN). Chicago swung a number of deals in advance of Monday's trade deadline, while Detroit was largely silent.
Chicago welcomed left wing Andrew Ladd (17 goals, 18 assists) back to town last week in a trade with the Winnipeg Jets; left wing Tomas Fleischmann (10 goals, 10 assists) and right wing Dale Weise (14 goals, 12 assists) were also acquired from the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday, although Weise might not be ready for Wednesday's game.