Same lineup for Wings; team expects “push back” from Blackhawks

DETROIT – Quick update from the Detroit Red Wings’ morning skate before Game 3 Monday night at Joe Louis Arena against the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Wings will go with the same lineup they used in their 4-1 win over the Blackhawks on Saturday.

Detroit is prepared for Chicago to push back just like the Wings did after dropping Game 1 by same score.

“We definitely expect a push back and a response from them,” forward Drew Miller said. “I think we want to keep playing better and keep playing our brand of hockey, too. This is a big rivalry. I think fans and everyone else shouldn’t expect anything less than a really good game.”

“It’s like us after the first game,” defenseman Jonathan Ericsson said. “We played better than them in the second game. We felt like we wanted to come back, play a full 60 minutes and I’m sure that’s what they want to do now. We know what it takes to win. We have to be prepared for tonight, we’re going to play for 60 minutes and give them a hard time.”

Defenseman Niklas Kronwall wants the team to act on it and not just talk about playing a full 60 minutes.

“We have to make sure that we go out there and do it,” Kronwall said. “We have to make sure that we’re prepared and ready to go when the puck’s dropped. Try to get the pace up as much as we did the last game and do the little things.”

The Wings’ win snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Blackhawks.

“We always have a good crowd, but playoff time is different,” Ericsson said. “It’s just an amazing feeling when the crowd gets into it. They’re loud for a full 60 minutes and that lifts us up. We play more aggressive out there. If feels almost like we have an extra player out there. I’m looking forward to tonight.”

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