Wednesday, January 14, 2004

GameDay: vs. Chicago (11-22-7-5, 34) 7:30 EST

Tonight is the sixth and final game between the Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks this season. The Wings have won three of the games so far, with scores of 3-0, 4-3 and 3-2 but have lost two (4-3 and 3-0). The Wings are coming off two losses to Boston and will try to avoid tying their season-high of three losses in a row with a win tonight at home. They are 17-4-1 at the Joe this year but were shut out 3-0 by the Bruins in their last game there. The Wings also will look to reclaim the #1 spot in the West, a spot that was taken last night when the Canucks beat the Coyotes 4-1 in Phoenix. Vancouver is just one point a head of the Wings with 59. The Blackhawks will look to end a 14-game road skid that extends back to their November 10 loss to the Wings, 3-0. They are coming off a 7-4 loss to the Blues on Monday and a 5-4 overtime loss to Colorado on Sunday. They allowed four unanswered goals after scoring four in a row themselves. They have only won 5 of their previous 31 games, though two of those wins came against Detroit. Manny Legace will make the start tonight. Mathieu Schneider will serve the first half of a two-game suspension tonight. He was suspended for an un-called high-stick on Glen Murray Saturday. For more on the suspension and Schneider's reaction to it, see the News and Freep. I don't expect this game to be an easy one for the Wings, no matter how bad the 'Hawks are. They have given the Wings trouble for years and this season is no exception. I'll be relieved when this season series is over because the Wings won't have to face them again this year and wont have to play them if/when they are fighting for a top playoff spot. Hopefully the Wings will play hard tonight and not go into that spiral it seems like their entering. Freep | News | ESPN


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