Ty Conklin, Marian Hossa

Tale of the Tape: Blackhawks at Red Wings

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NBC is set to feature a great showdown on Saturday, as the Chicago Blackhawks are primed to face the Detroit Red Wings at 12:30 p.m. ET. Get ready for the game by reviewing “The Tale of the Tape.”

Chicago Blackhawks


Record: 26-13-5 with 57 points in 44 games played (16-5-4 at home; 10-8-1 on the road)

Rankings: First in the Central Division; second in the Western Conference

Streaks: 5-4-1 in last 10 games; two wins in a row

Power play: 29-for-157 (18.5 percent; 10th in NHL); one shorthanded goal allowed

Penalty kill: 109-for-138 (79 percent; 26th in NHL); six shorthanded goals scored

Top points scorer: Marian Hossa (46)

Top goal scorer: Jonathan Toews (22)

Ice time leader: Duncan Keith (26:26 minutes per game)

Goalie stats: Ray Emery: 10-3-2 in 16 GP; 2.67 GAA and .907 save percentage; Corey Crawford: 16-10-3 in 31 GP; 2.83 GAA and .903 save percentage

Notable Injuries: Daniel Carcillo (season-ending knee injury) and Patrick Sharp (upper-body injury, week-to-week)

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Detroit Red Wings


Record: 27-15-1 for 55 points (16-2-1 at home; 11-13-0 on the road)

Rankings: Third in the Central Division; fifth in the Western Conference

Streaks: 6-4-0 in last 10 games; one win in a row

Power play: 30-for-157 (19.1 percent; eighth in NHL); five shorthanded goals allowed

Penalty kill: 124-for-153 (81 percent; 23rd in NHL); one shorthanded goal scored

Top points scorer: Pavel Datsyuk (44)

Top goal scorer: Johan Franzen (17)

Ice time leader: Nicklas Lidstrom (23:43 minutes per game)

Goalie stats: Jimmy Howard: 25-10-1 in 36 GP; 2.04 GAA and .924 save percentage, four shutouts; Ty Conklin: 2-5-0 in 8 GP; 3.28 GAA and .888 save percentage, one shutout

Notable Injuries: Todd Bertuzzi (day-to-day with back injury)

Oilers get Kronwall’d – in more ways than one

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When someone gets clobbered by Niklas Kronwall, they get Kronwall’d.

(His detractors may insist that the definition require the words “dirty” or “illegal,” but that’s a debate for another day.)

It’s easy to get lost in those thunderous hits and forget that the  Swedish defenseman also brings some skill to the table.

He made a big impact – literally and figuratively – in Detroit’s 4-3 overtime win against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.

First, the Kronwalling:

Next, Kronwall’s overtime-winner:

It hasn’t always been pretty, but the Red Wings are leaning on guys like Kronwall and Dylan Larkin to stick with it.

Tonight’s win extends their point streak to six games (4-0-2), with five of those contests going to overtime.

Dubinsky – Crosby’s nemesis – gets the last laugh on Friday

Sidney Crosby, Brandon Dubinsky

Brandon Dubinsky isn’t a household name like Sidney Crosby is, yet for all the hype that Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin gets, Dubinsky is the sort of guy who truly rankles No. 87.

It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.

To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:

The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)

That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:

They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.

Even Dubinsky kind of sort of admits that he may have been in the wrong.


More and more, the Blue Jackets are looking like a nuisance … possibly one that will grind their way to an unlikely playoff berth. They improved to 8-4-0 in November after a disastrous 2-10-0 October.

In other words, there’s at least a chance that we may see these increasingly bitter rivals butt heads in another playoff series.

Eichel’s sweet snipe helps Sabres snap six-game skid

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The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.

You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.

That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:

Call this a healthy reminder that Eichel has the ability to change games, something Buffalo fans hope to get used to.

Report: Likely no suspension for Matt Beleskey’s hit on Derek Stepan


Alain Vigneault went there in comparing Matt Beleskey‘s hit on Derek Stepan to the notorious check Aaron Rome delivered on Nathan Horton many moons ago, but the league seems to disagree.

While Rome sat through that memorable Stanley Cup Final between Boston and Vancouver, it sounds like Beleskey won’t face any further discipline, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

In the unlikely event that anything changes, PHT will make note.

The next game between the Rangers and Bruins takes place at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 11. Will these bad feelings linger?