The Chicago Blackhawks look to remain red-hot on Saturday when they play host to the Detroit Red Wings, who are looking to record consecutive victories.
Detroit is in last place in the Central Division with a league-low six victories. Chicago is in third place in the division.
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Detroit Red Wings (6-13-3) at Chicago Blackhawks (11-6-4)
When: Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, at 8 p.m. ET
Where: United Center, Chicago, IL
TV: ESPN+, NBCSCH, FS-D
Wings Look for Consecutive Wins
Detroit has won two of its last three games including a 5-2 smackdown of Nashville on Thursday night. Sam Gagner scored a hat trick while Luke Glendening and Adam Erne also scored.
“It certainly felt good,” Gagner said. “We’ve been pushing as a group to find something to feel good about. It’s obviously nice to get a win and hopefully we can keep building on it.”
Jonathan Bernier made 37 saves, to improve his career mark against Nashville to 11-5-0 in 18 starts.
“At the end of the night, we’ve got to be a team that competes extraordinarily hard every night,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “I think we did a good job of that today. Structurally, I think our structure was good again. We did have some breakdowns at times and when we did Bernie was real good.”
The Red Wings are ranked last in scoring (2.0 gpg) and 23rd in goals allowed (3.1 gpg). Detroit has gone an uninspiring 2-7-1 on the road.
Blackhawks Look to Stay Hot
Chicago has won two straight, five of six, and eight of its last 10. The Blackhawks blanked Columbus 2-0 on Thursday night as Patrick Kane broke a scoreless tie in the third period with his 399th career goal.
“It was a big goal for the team, so I think more important than anything it gave us the lead and gave us the chance to get two points,” Kane said. “It was obviously a pretty tight game, both teams were grinding it out, trying to play tight. It was nice to get a break and be able to capitalize on it.”
Malcolm Subban got his first shutout to help Chicago sweep the Blue Jackets in their two-game series.
“Subban was solid, stable, good with the puck, too,” Colliton said. “He made good puck plays and made some good saves. Good trip, good finish to the trip.”
Chicago is ranked 15th in scoring (3.0 gpg) and 17th in goals allowed (2.8 gpg). The Blackhawks have gone 5-2-1 at home.
Analysis and Prediction
The Red Wings have gone 16-35 in their last 51 Saturday games and 5-16 in their last 21 games following a win. Detroit is 4-14 in its last 18 games and 11-45 in its last 56 road games.
Chicago has gone 8-1 in its last nine Saturday games and 12-5 in its last 17 home games. Chicago has won 23 of the last 32 meetings overall and 13 of the last 16 games played in the Windy City.
Keep it simple NHL betting enthusiasts. Detroit is borderline incompetent at both ends of the ice and Chicago is playing confident hockey coming into this one. Patrick Kane lights the lamp at least once and Chicago wins this matchup by at least two goals.