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This weekend’s matchup between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings has a little excitement to it. These two long time rivals will add another chapter as this early season continues on. The two original six teams will come in riding two different momentum waves as the Wings have split both of their seasons opening series between Carolina and Columbus. While Chicago will be happy to see the friendly confines of the United Center after starting 0-3-1 in the state of Florida. The Hawks were able to grab one point in an overtime loss in their last game against the Panthers in the sunshine state.
Detroit has had an inspiring start considering they were picked to finish towards the bottom of the league. The Wings have been able to get some secondary scoring from Bobby Ryan and Robby Fabbri. As well as timely goals from Bertuzzi and Larkin. They have had strong goaltending from Greiss and Bernier bringing their team record to 2-2.Thomas Greiss has faced more rubber on net and is off to a 0-2 start. His save percentage however does prove he still belongs in the rotation between the two goalkeepers. Jonathan Bernier has started off great with a 2-0 record and a nice save percentage of 92.7%. If you’re down in your fantasy matchup this weekend don’t be scared to take a chance on either goalie as they will most likely be favored in both games over the weekend. The negative side of Wings’ start has been the defense. Detroit has allowed 31.7 shots per game and has only had 4 points from all defenseman.
The Chicago Blackhawks had to start their season against the reigning Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa Bay seemed to have their way against the young team outsourcing them 10-3 between the two matchups. The Blackhawks were able to put a solid effort together in their latest contest against the Florida Panthers. Chicago did hold a brief third period lead, however it was erased by a Panther power play goal. The Hawks could have the advantage over Detroit in one category however as Blackhawks’s Power Play is sitting at 41.7% throughout the first four games. Alex DeBrincat & Dominik Kubalik have the lead with two power play goals each.