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PREVIEW: Blackhawks at Red Wings - April 17, 2021

Chicago closes out season series with Detroit on Saturday night in the Motor City

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

TIME: 6 p.m. CT
TV: NBCSCH+   RADIO: WGN 720-AM / TUDN 1200-AM  |  STREAM: NHL.TV & MyTeamsApp

Chicago and Detroit close out their season series on Saturday night as the Blackhawks look to get back in the win column against the Red Wings. 


CHI: 20-19-5, 45 PTS
DET: 16-23-6, 38 PTS


The Blackhawks took a 1-0 lead over the Wings into the locker room after 20 minutes on Thursday courtesy of Duncan Keith's third of the season. A three-goal second from the home side propelled Detroit to a 4-1 victory, though, snapping a two-game win streak for Chicago. It was the third straight win for the Red Wings and fifth game in their last six skates collecting at least a point (4-1-1). 


Keith recorded the 104th goal of his career on Thursday to pass Brent Seabrook for third on the Blackhawks all-time goals list among blueliners. He now trails only Bob Murray (132) and Doug Wilson (225) on the franchise list.

Thursday's game was the second straight that Keith has scored a goal in. It was the first time he has tallied markers in consecutive games since Jan. 24 and 26, 2017. His three tallies this season match his total from a year ago when he skated in 61 games.


Alex DeBrincat had an assist on Thursday and has six points (2G, 4A) over his last five games. The Farmington Hills, Mich. native has a point in 10 of 13 career games against the Red Wings and his 19 points (7G, 12A) are his most against any NHL opponent.

His 21 tallies share sixth in the NHL this season. Since he returned to the lineup on Feb. 2 after being removed from COVID-19 protocol, DeBrincat shares third in the league with 19 goals and is 14th with 35 points. He tallied 18 goals and 45 points in 70 games last season.


Nikita Zadorov will skate in his 400th NHL game on Saturday night, one day after his 26th birthday. The blueliner has appeared in 43 games this season, his first in Chicago, while totaling 289 games with Colorado and 67 with Buffalo.

The 16th overall pick from the 2013 draft has 23 goals and 59 assists with 414 penalty minutes over his first 399 games. 


David Kampf led the Blackhawks on Thursday with five faceoff wins and a 63 percent faceoff win percentage. He has won 60% or more of his draws in three straight games.

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