Red Wings Top Blackhawks 3-2

The Blackhawks fell in their second preseason game 3-2 in Detroit on Thursday evening.

Garret Ross

A plane issue made the Hawks late in arriving at the arena and pushed the start of the game back, and they looked like a team that wasn’t ready to play in opening 20 minutes. Detroit out-shot the Hawks 12-5 in the first and Tomas Tatar gave the Wings a 1-0 lead late in the period.

The Hawks were out-shot again in the second, but managed to put 10 shots on net in the middle frame (Detroit was credited with 15). Neither team scored in the second, but both teams scored twice in the third. Bryan Bickell and Garret Ross were the scorers for Chicago.

In net, Antti Raanta played very well in the first half of the game. He stopped 21 of 22 in 31:23 before being replaced by Michael Leighton. In relief, Leighton allowed two goals against 19 shots.

Only two Blackhawks – defensemen Nick Leddy and David Rundblad – skated more than 20 minutes in the game. Johnny Oduya skated 19:58, Trevor vanRiemsdyk saw 19:51 and Adam Clendening played 19:52 in the game. Clendening and Oduya ended the night minus-two each. After the game, coach Joel Quenneville spoke highly of vanRiemsdyk’s play.

Interestingly, with the Blackhawks successfully killing five minor penalties in the game the short-handed ice time leaders¬†on the blue line were Oduya (3:13) and… Rundblad (3:10) and Leddy (3:00).

Seven Blackhawks were credited with two hits each, including Leddy and Rundblad. Bickell and Ben Smith led the team with four shots on net, while Oduya and Matt Carey were credited with two blocked shots each.

Peter Regin was credited with an assist on Ross’ goal in the closing minutes of the game, and won five of 12 faceoffs.

Drew LeBlanc played 12:32 and lost all four of his faceoffs. Among Hawks forwards, only Andrew Shaw (3:10) saw more power play ice time than LeBlanc (2:46), yet LeBlanc was credited with zero shots on net and zero missed shots in the game.

The Hawks return home to host the Rangers on Friday night. Expect to see some players headed to Rockford soon.

19 thoughts on “Red Wings Top Blackhawks 3-2

  • September 25, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Didn’t see the game (obviously) and didn’t hear the game either but looking at the box score the word blah comes to mind.

    Hopefully tomorrow the two prospects I was most looking forward to see play in the preseason, who haven’t played yet – Teravainen and Johns – will be in the lineup. And hopefully they play with some good vets so they’re not anchored to some scrub that holds them back.

  • September 26, 2014 at 6:13 am

    Thanks for the coverage, good news is the “penalty kill” is doing much much better. Ranta seems to be “on” and does well like most goaltenders when they face shots in abundance. thanks for the recap as always. When do the Hawks have to decide to lose a player/contract?

  • September 26, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Morin was a +2 on the night with an assist. Any comments on his play?

  • September 26, 2014 at 7:30 am

    So what your saying is LeBlanc had a bad game. Got it.

  • September 26, 2014 at 7:35 am

    I know we have been debating the D-spot for months now, but I seriously think there is no need for Oduya and Rosy on this team. I know one if not both with be on the roster, but If it was me (as a airchair coach) 2, 7,4, 8, 6, and 44 give us plenty of balance (also assuming Runblad as 7th D-man whether we like it or not). Sure we might be slow out of the gate with 2 rookie d-men on the 3rd pairing but both Clendening and Dahlbeck have nothing left to gain from time in Rockford- they will only continue to grow by getting their feet in the fire. Its the same way I felt about Morin/Pirri in Rockford last year. Cuminsky, Johns, TVR, Svedberg, Fornier, and Brisebois can round out Rockford nicely.

    With 27 and 32 in the mix, 2 of the above guys get left out, and long term I just dont understand that. I know they both have movement cluases, so that limits things… but Rosy is nothing more than a 7th man at this point, and Oduya is really more of a 3rd line guy now. They aren’t shutdown guys anymore, and if we are going to have “good guys who may have lapses” id rather it be 2 rookies not 2 old guys who are done with franchise after this year anyway.

    ultimatly, I dont think they get moved (oh well), so im just hoping they call up clendening, and we see pairings of 2-7, 8-4, 27-6 (32 as extra). Hammer can be a shutdown guy for Leddy, and Oduya probably pairs better on the 3rd line with Clendending than Leddy would. I guess we will see though.

  • September 26, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Nice to see Raanta played well…

    Cden -2… Mo +2… seems about right

    Nice to hear TvR get praised…

  • September 26, 2014 at 7:57 am

    The Hawks need to be cap compliant prior to the start of the regular season.

    It will be interesting to see what Stan Bowman does over the next week or so…

  • September 26, 2014 at 8:04 am






  • September 26, 2014 at 8:16 am

    It is fairly certain, to me, that Leddy is likely to be traded in combination with Versteeg. Clendening and Johns are near-ready and there is SURELY a reason why Stan and Q have brought in several veterans to camp. Oduya stays because he is only under contract for one more season and has formed a highly effective pairing with Hjalmarsson.

    WIth one of the veterans sticking around as 7th defenseman. And with Johns arriving very soon but probably not to start the season.

  • September 26, 2014 at 8:22 am

    not sure what happened w/ willy… other than caps lock

    re: Rufus – Bob McKenzie at TSN has been floating the report that the Hawks have been actively shopping Leddy this summer for some time… with the handicap being any team wanting 8 has to take Versteeg in the deal. The name you continue to ignore in this mix, however, is Rundblad. He’s on a one-way deal and the Hawks unloaded a 2nd for him. If the Hawks do move Leddy, we might see a bottom pairing of Rundblad-Rozsival/Johns before we see Clendening… just because of the one-way deals in play.

  • September 26, 2014 at 9:05 am

    I tried the NHL network last night, but the video for the game wasn’t working only an audio feed, and that was broken up.

    So until someone from the Hawks talks about the game, we just have box scores…nice to see Ross get rewarded for his hard work.

  • September 26, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Willy, thank you for posting, but based on Svedberg’s play this summer, he will be a bottom pairing in Rockford, if not Indy…he has aspects to his game that are great, but he has a couple of major holes that need fixing before he ever sees an NHL rink. As for last night, if the NHL network feed didn’t work then there was no video on the game, so unless you were there, you are just reading a box score which is tough to do if you are grading out a player…

  • September 26, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Wall, over the last 2 seasons in Rockford, a team where most players were in the “minus”, Clendening was a +22…taking on the opposition’s best lines.

    Hey, how about tonight…I was told that Kevin Hayes was scheduled, as of yesterday, to play against the Hawks tonight…welcome back Kevie…watch your back…and head, and legs, arms, etc…

  • September 26, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Well according to the lineup sheet just posted I’ll get half my wish – TT out, Johns in.

  • September 26, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Tab, if you are right, that 3d pairing gets 10 minutes a night
    At this stage I hate to think of Rosy or Rundblad as our #5 Dman and paired!

  • September 26, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Meh, I’m willing to give Rundblad a look. The guy has obvious talent and some size. PP specialist, bomb of a point shot, definitely things that will be needed if Leddy is gonzo. He probably fits in the Hawks system much better than Phoenix.

    Excited to see Johns play tonight. Hopefully he smashes some people. I’ve been impressed with Dahlbeck.

    Kind of disappointed the 4th line is fixing to be a bunch of useless mashers.

  • September 26, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Sr. Brad – Kevin Hayes is not on the roster for tonight’s game.

  • September 26, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Smashes some people….as in fellow 2010 Hawks draft pick Kevin Hayes?

  • September 26, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    I guess they are saving him for Sundays game…too bad, it would have been fun to see the reception he would of got tonight…

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