HAWKS VS. RED WINGS: Game 3 preview
TAKING THE TEMPERATURE
Patrick Kane: Although the Hawks inexplicably lacked energy in Game 2, Kane did his part by logging 24 shifts and scoring his first goal of the postseason. Look for another heavy workload for the winger in Game 3.
Patrick Sharp: By assisting on Kane’s goal, Sharp extended his points streak to six consecutive games and leads the team with 10 playoff points.
Michael Frolik: Few other Hawks stood out this weekend, so we’ll give a nod to Frolik for having three hits and a takeaway while posting an even rating.
Henrik Zetterberg: The Wings’ captain was terrific in Game 2, creating two goals for teammates while leading all forwards in ice time. Zetterberg also got under the skin of Hawks captain Jonathan Toews with a slew of checks.
Jimmy Howard: As the Wings’ No. 1 goaltender, Howard has stopped 57 of 61 shots during the playoffs against the Hawks for a .934 save percentage.
Johan Franzen: A third-period goal Saturday topped off a great all-around game by Franzen, who added a hit, a takeaway and a blocked shot.
Niklas Hjalmarsson: By falling down in the defensive zone, Hjalmarsson created a two-on-one break during which the Wings capitalized for a go-ahead goal. Hjalmarsson also failed to get back for a Wings’ third-period goal.
Dave Bolland: We love the feistiness that Bolland brings to the playoffs, but he has to know when to say when. Three penalties in Game 2 were brutal.
Daniel Carcillo: Speaking of bad penalties, that’s all Carcillo seems to contribute when he is on the ice. It might be time to let him sit for a while.
Todd Bertuzzi: After producing little to nothing in the series opener, Bertuzzi found himself as a healthy scratch for Game 2. It probably says something when your team is way better with you out of the lineup.
Kyle Quincey: The Wings’ defenseman was one of only five players on his team not to post a positive rating during Saturday’s dominant win.
Gustav Nyquist: Very few Wings players are cold heading into Game 3, but we’ll put Nyquist on the list for being flattened on a hit by Bryan Bickell.
PICK TO CLICK
We apologize to White Sox play-by-play announcer Ken “Hawk” Harrelson for stealing his phrase. Then again, his nickname is Hawk, so hopefully he understands.
Blackhawks: Brandon Saad
The Hawks’ talented 20-year-old rookie talked us in to this one Sunday as he discussed his many quality chances in the past two games. It’s true that Saad led the Hawks with five shots on goal in his most recent game, and he has lots of confidence.
Red Wings: Damien Brunner
After scoring a goal in Game 1 and scoring another goal in Game 2, we’re starting to pick up on a trend with the Wings’ 27-year-old center. He has proved that he can find the back of the net with four goals in nine playoff games this spring.
THREE STATS TO KNOW
In this corner: The Wings went 13-7-4 on home ice during the regular season, although they lost both of their home games against the Hawks.
In that corner: The Hawks went 18-4-2 on the road during the regular season, including the aforementioned wins at Joe Louis Arena. No team in the NHL won more road games than the Hawks.
High stakes: The Hawks are 21-8 in playoff series when they take a 2-1 lead. They’re 9-19 in playoff series when they fall behind, 2-1. After today’s game, we’ll have a better idea about the Hawks’ series chances.
If you’re on Twitter, here is a good account to follow during the game.
Whether the Hawks are good or bad, “The Committed Indian” will not hold back.