Rivalries don’t get much older than this. The Detroit Red Wings (32-20-11) host the Chicago Blackhawks (39-20-5) for this week’s episode of Wednesday Night Rivalry, starting at 8 PM ET on NBCSN. This will be the 730th time these two Original Six teams have met since joining the NHL in 1926. Detroit has the healthy advantage at 355-279-84-11.
Wednesday’s game will be the first time Detroit and Chicago have faced each other this year – they’ll meet again at the United Center on Sunday. The projected starters at Joe Louis Arena are Corey Crawford (.928 save percentage) for the Blackhawks and Jimmy Howard (.909 SV%) for the Red Wings. Crawford is in a bit of a slump, dropping seven of his last 13 starts, while Howard is 1-7-4 in his last dozen appearances.
Detroit might not have much choice but to go with Howard. No. 1 netminder Petr Mrazek (.927 SV%) suffered a mild groin injury last week and didn’t dress for Monday’s 3-2 overtime win over the Dallas Stars (–150 at home). Mrazek is listed as day-to-day; rookie Jared Coreau has been called up from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins to back Howard up in goal.