John Jaeckel: Hawks In The Motor City GameDay

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Follow JJ on Twitter @jaeckel! Chicago Blackhawks @ Detroit Red Wings

7:30 Eastern/6:30 Central

CSN Chicago/Fox Sports Detroit

THE BUZZ

The Hawks seem to be settling into a bit of a groove, playing their best hockey of the young season over the last 4 games, while the Wings get arguably underrated superstar Pavel Datsyuk back tonight.

Johnny Oduya’s ankle injury apparently wasn’t serious and he is back in the lineup tonight.

There’s still a rivalry here. Don’t kid yourselves. While there are some similarities in style, largely due to the influence of Scotty Bowman on both clubs, bad feelings linger over the 2013 playoffs and many epic battles prior.

The fact is, that tough second round series of two seasons ago, one the Wings thought they had won up 3-1, is the exception overall. The Hawks have pretty much dominated the Wings in regular season play, going 9-0-3 over the last 12 head-to-heads between the two clubs.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

CHICAGO

Smith Toews Kane

Bickell Shaw Saad

Versteeg Kruger Hossa

Regin Richards Morin

Keith Seabrook

Oduya Hjalmarsson

Van Riemsdyk Rundblad

Crawford

DETROIT

Nyquist Zetterberg Franzen

Abdelkader Datsyuk Jurco

Tatar Sheahan Helm

Miller Glendening Andersson

Kronwall Ericsson

Quincey Kindl

Smith DeKeyser

Howard

This should be a good game. All for now,

JJ