After handling their business at home with a roster filled with mostly NHL players, the Blackhawks sent primarily prospects to Detroit for Wednesday night’s second preseason affair. And, predictably, the Red Wings NHL players were able to take advantage of the less experiences Hawks.
Forward Daniel Paille and defensemen Jan Hejda, David Rundblad and Viktor Svedberg played in back-to-back games for Chicago, but the rest of the roster was new for this exhibition game that saw Tomas Tatar celebrate a hat trick in a 4-1 Detroit victory.
Vince Hinostroza looked great up front of the Hawks, picking up one takeaway and three shots on net in more than 14 minutes of ice time. He was noticeable the entire night, and is clearly someone IceHogs fans should be excited about this season.
Ryan Hartman also looked good at the outset, picking up one hit and one takeaway with three shots on net. He did spend four minutes in the penalty box, however.
Viktor Tikhonov made his Blackhawks debut and was credited with two shots on net and one hit in 15 minutes of ice time. Bryan Bickell had two hits in just under 13 minutes of ice time, while Mike Liambas led the way with four hits.
Trevor van Riemsdyk was the high ice time in the Chicago box score, skating 20:42 with one blocked shot and two shots on net in his first action of the preseason.
On the blue line, Ville Pokka had a nice game that included one hit in 16:18 on the ice. Pokka and van Riemsdyk were the only two defensemen wearing a road jersey who looked like they’re ready for the NHL this season.
Rundblad led the team with two blocked shots and was credited with an assist on Andrew Shaw’s goal, the only tally for the Hawks in the game.
Corey Crawford started the game and allowed one goal against eight shots in 30:35. Michael Leighton replaced him in the middle of the second period and allowed two goals against 15 shots (Tatar finished his hat trick into an empty net).