The Red Wings will be facing off against the Blackhawks on tonight in game 4 of this best of seven Western Conference Semifinals series. The game is scheduled to begin at 8:00 (EST) and will be televised on NBCSN.
For the first time ever this season the Blackhawks will be facing adversity, as they are going into game 4 down in the series 2-1.
Just as they did in game 2 of the series, the Red Wings won game 3 by being the more physical team between the two. But the Blackhawks did finish the game with more shots on target than the Red Wings, so it came down to goaltending, and Redwings goalie Jimmy Howard took care of business.
Howard finish the game with 39 saves out of 40 chances, while Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford had 27 saves out of 30 chances. If there were a few words to describes Howard’s performance in game 3, they would be “spectacular, epic, and series-changing.”
Gustav Nyquist and Drew Miller scored 31 seconds apart midway through the second period and Pavel Datsyuk regained a two-goal lead in the third to help Detroit beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 in game 3.
An article on ESPN.com said that, “as good as the Red Wings have looked — scoring six straight goals to earn momentum in the matchup — their hard-driving coach isn’t ready to celebrate.”
‘”We haven’t done anything yet,”‘ Mike Babcock said.
I couldn’t agree more with coach Babcock, as I believe game four will be as important/if not more important for the Redwings to win than for the Blackhawks. Detroit doesn’t want to go into Chicago with this series being tied at 2 a piece with two of the three remaining games being played in Chicago.
So in game 4 expect Detroit to come out with the same momentum as they have done in the previous two games. It’s kind of hard to believe that before this series had begun, Detroit couldn’t get anything going against Chicago. But now the tables have turned in Detroit’s favor, and Chicago is the team with their backs against the ropes looking for ways to score a goal. Expect a hard fought game from both teams, but Detroit understands the circumstances, so I believe they will squeak out of game 4 with a 2-1 win over Chicago.