Blackhawks try to bounce back against Red Wings

The Chicago Blackhawks look to regain their footing on Saturday when they complete their eight-game season series against the host Detroit Red Wings.The Blackhawks began a pivotal five-game road trip with two consecutive wins before stumbling in a 4-1 loss to the Red Wings on Thursday.The loss kept Chicago four points behind fourth-place Nashville in the Central Division. The Blackhawks will visit Music City to conclude their trek on Monday before they open a five-game homestand with two more contests against the Predators.”There were two huge points up for grabs (Thursday) and we didn’t get it done,” Chicago forward Dylan Strome said after his team slipped to 5-2-0 against the Red Wings this season. “Nashville losing (Thursday) is a good thing, but we have to go out there and find a way to get two points on Saturday.”Defenseman Duncan Keith opened the scoring by finding the net for the second time in as many games, but that was all the Blackhawks could muster Thursday.Alex DeBrincat picked up an assist, giving him 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in the seven games with the Red Wings this season.Former Hart Trophy recipient Patrick Kane has boosted his team-leading totals in assists (40) and points (54) with six and eight against Detroit in 2020-21.Kevin Lankinen made 24 saves en route to falling to the Red Wings for the first time. The rookie has turned aside 152 of 160 shots to post a 4-1-0 record with one shutout against Detroit.Defenseman Troy Stecher solved Lankinen on two occasions in the second period for the first two-goal performance of his career.

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