The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Chicago Blackhawks for the third straight time last night. It marked Chicago’s first three-game losing streak of the entire season.
The Red Wings did exactly the things I mentioned in my game pre-game article. They blocked shots, won faceoffs, and dominated the neutral zone.
To beat the Blackhawks, you have to control the neutral zone, block their passing lanes, and intercept their passes. “They’re waiting for stretch passes, and we’ve got to take away all the space we can,” said Jonathan Ericsson. “We don’t want to give them any space. We know that they’re going to take off as soon as they get the puck.”
Damien Brunner agreed. “[Clogging the neutral zone] frustrates any team. If you make it tight on