By Brad Vandenberk
The United Center was rocking on Friday night to witness the season’s first matchup between central divisional rivals Detroit Redwings and the Chicago Blackhawks. This game was circled on the calendar for both teams as the Hawks have held their divisional lead over the Red Wings all season. This would be the first of six for these 2 teams, with the first three games coming within 16 days.
Dan Carcillo returned to the lineup after suffering a concussion during the Minnesota Wild game on December 14. Jimmy Hayes made his NHL debut after being called up from Rockford on Thursday. He had switched places with Brandon Pirri who was sent back down after a mediocre game against LA on Wednesday.