Detroit at Chicago (12/17/10)

The Red Wings played the Blackhawks tonight in Chicago. The goalies were Jimmy Howard and Corey Crawford.

The Wings weren’t very good tonight. The Hawks took the lead early in the game and never looked back. Chicago was faster and scrappier than Detroit was. They won the battles for the loose puck, they got in the way of shots and they kept the puck in Detroit’s end for much of the game.

The shots on goal were surprisingly even but it didn’t feel that way because the Wings weren’t getting very good quality chances. Most of their shots were just desperation lobs towards the net that Crawford stopped easily.

The only Red Wings goal was scored by Eaves after Miller bounced the puck to him off the back boards. It was a nice play but that was about the only thing that worked for Wings all night.

One of the Blackhawks’ goals was an empty netter at the end. Also noteworthy was the fact that two of their goals, including the empty netter, were scored by ex-Red Wing Tomas Kopecky. The Wings could have used him tonight.

This was a disappointing game. The Hawks were missing Hossa and Kane so it was a good chance for a healthy Wings team to take advantage. Instead they were just flat outworked.

This 1-4 loss brings us to:
43 points

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