Gonna have Howard back in the lineup, cleary due to return as well. Nice little one day road trip before returning home for the next two. Catching a Chicago team that is trying to right the ship, and looked really good against the Blues a couple of nights ago.
The Wings are well rested. Six game homestand, no back to backs, a nice make up from the schedule makers for the tough stretch of 14 out of 19 on the road that preceded it. After tonight, 12 of our final 21 are at home, as compared to the Blues who have only 8 of their final 23 in St. Louis.
Hawks are a desperate club. They have allowed themselves to slip into the pack, in good position to make the playoffs but every game counts from here out after the nine game losing streak they came off of. Expect a spirited game, the Wings have enjoyed the homestand but every interview you here the players and Babcock talk about how they need to get the road issues taken care of. Here is the chance to prove that the rest was all they needed to become king of the road.