Wings know importance of being up 3-1 or tied 2-2 with Blackhawks

DETROIT – Quick update from the Detroit Red Wings’ morning skate prior to Game 4 tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks at Joe Louis Arena.

The Wings will try and do something tonight that no other team has been able to do this season and that’s win three in a row against the Blackhawks.

“We have to play the same way, but they were hungry last game and had some good chances,” forward Cory Emmerton said. “We expect them to be even more amped up. It’s the playoffs and we expect everything to be thrown at us.”

After dropping Game 1 in the series, the Wings have won the last two in a row by a combined score of 7-2.

Chicago had just three two-game losing streaks during the regular season.

“We have to ready and play the same way,” Emmerton said. “If we do have a lead and we play like we did in the third (in Game 3) and just sit back we just have to keep going at them, but at the same time be responsible defensively.”

Chicago began the season 21-0-3.

“I don’t think we should talk too much about standings, but it’s still home-ice advantage,” forward Damien Brunner said. “If we can win in front of our fans again then it’ll put us in a really good spot.”

Game 5 is Saturday at 8 p.m. at the United Center in Chicago.

“We’re in a good spot, but on the other side of things we haven’t done anything,” Brunner said. “It’s good for a young group of guys to know that you can win some games so that definitely helps.”

The Wings will go with the same lineup they’ve used during their current two-game winning streak.

“The regular season is a wash,” Emmerton said. “Everything starts new. You find that out some way or another. This year I don’t think it’s been really any different as far as the playoffs are concerned. I think the season aspect of it, teams didn’t get the whole season to get playing their best hockey. They come on, playing strong at the end, and they just squeak into the playoffs. I can’t really tell you where we would have finished had we played 82 games. Maybe we would have been higher. You just don’t know. We don’t really think about that ever. We just focus on the now.”


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