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(1) Blackhawks - (7) Red Wings preview - 05-15-13

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(1) Blackhawks vs. (7) Red Wings

Blackhawks Leading Postseason Scorer: Marian Hossa, 6 points (3 goals, 3 assists).

Red Wings Leading Posteason Scorer: Henrik Zetterberg, 8 points (3 goals, 5 assists).

Blackhawks Expected Starting Goaltender: Corey Crawford (4-1, 1.32 GAA, .950 SV%).

Red Wings Expected Starting Goaltender: Jimmy Howard, (4-3, 2.74 GAA, .911 SV%).

Blackhawks Regular Season Statistics

Red Wings Regular Season Statistics

Blackhawks Injuries: Forward Dave Bolland (groin) is probable. Goaltender Ray Emery (lower body) is questionable.

Red Wings Injuries: Right winger Mikael Samuelsson (chest) are questionable. Defenseman Danny DeKeyser (thumb) and left winger Drew Miller (hand) is out. Center Darren Helm (back) is on injured reserve.

Blackhawks with Stanley Cup bling: Bryan Bickell, LW; Dave Bolland, C; Corey Crawford, G; Niklas Hjalmarsson, D; Marian Hossa, RW; Patrick Kane, RW; Duncan Keith, D; Brent Seabrook, D; Patrick Sharp, LW; Jonathan Toews, C.

Red Wings with Stanley Cup bling: Justin Abdelkader, LW; Daniel Cleary, RW; Pavel Datsyuk (below), C; Jonathan Ericsson, D; Valtteri Filppula, C; Johan Franzen, LW; Darren Helm, C; Jimmy Howard, G; Jakub Kindl, D; Niklas Kronwall, D; Kyle Quincey, D; Mikael Samuelsson, RW.

Something worthwhile about the Blackhawks: The Blackhawks have killed 100 percent of the power plays they have faced this postseason.

Something worthwhile about the Red Wings: At 72.0 percent, the Red Wings have the worst penalty kill percentage of any team still alive in the postseason.

Something useless about the Blackhawks that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: The first home playoff shutout against the Penguins was recorded by Blackhawks Gary Smith. He made 31 saves in a 2-0 win in Game 3 of a 1972 quartefinal series at the Civic Arena.

Something useless about the Red Wings that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: Former Penguins captain Paul Coffey holds the Red Wings' postseason record for most assists in a series. He recorded nine against the Blackhawks in a 1993 Norris Division semifinal series.

Former Penguins on the Blackhawks: Denis Bonvie, professional scout; Scotty Bowman, senior advisor - hockey operations; Daniel Carcillo, LW (Carcillo was a Penguins prospect but never played for the club at the NHL level); Marian Hossa, RW; Norm Maciver, assistant general manager; Michal Rozsival, D.

Former Penguins on the Red Wings: Mikael Samuelsson, RW.

Who needs to be the difference for the Blackhawks: Duncan Keith, Keith Seabrook, Niklas Hjalmarsson, etc. The Red Wings get most of their offense from their two star players, Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk. The Blackhawks' blue line must clamp down on Zetterberg and Datsyuk to choke off Detroit's offense.

Who needs to be the difference for the Red Wings: Howard. Few teams can boast the depth up front that the Blackhawks have. Detroit's undermanned blue line will surely give up several quality scoring chances. Howard simply has to steal goals and games for his team to win.

Best Blackhawks YouTube Video We Could Find: Former Blackhawks defenseman Chris Chelios blowing a slapper by the glove hand of Maple Leafs goaltender Felix Potvin in Game 3 of a 1995 Western Conference quarterfinal series and also blowing up a net camera in the process:

Best Red Wings YouTube Video We Could Find: Former Red Wings center Steve Yzerman's overtime goal in the second overtime of 1-0 win in Game 7 of a 1996 Western Conference semifnal series against the Blues:

EN Prediction: Short of the Penguins, no one in the NHL has the depth to match the Blackhawks. The Red Wings enter this series dealing with some injuries on the blue line and that will make the task of handling the Blackhawks stacked crew of forwards nearly impossible. Blackhawks 4-1.

(Photos: Hossa-Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images; Datsyuk-Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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