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Where Series Stands: After losing the first game of the series, Detroit has stormed back to take a 2-1 series lead.
Chicago Strengths: Penalty killing and emotion. The Blackhawks have yet to give up a power-play goal in the playoffs, having killed off the last 29 power plays against. They are also fired up after a controversial Game 3 loss in which they had a goal waived off due to a man standing in the crease (h/t NHL.com).
Detroit Strengths: Physicality and youth (no, seriously). The Red Wings have never been accused of being a tough team to play against, or of being young. Right now they are both of these things and the results are hard to argue with. Detroit seems to have gotten under the skin of Chicago's skill guys and has a series lead because of it.
Chicago X-Factor: Jonathan Toews. He's been held to one assist in this series so far, and he's locked in a classic forward vs. defenseman playoff war with Niklas Kronwall. If he can find his scoring touch, Chicago is a much more dangerous team.
Detroit X-Factor: Gustav Nyquist. The ultra-talented youngster scored an impressive goal in Game 3 and has been downright impressive on a third line with Damien Brunner and Joakim Andersson. That line has been the difference so far in this series.
Prediction: If the Blackhawks were playing their game they'd have a much better chance of winning Game 4. Instead they seem to have allowed the Wings to knock them off of their track-meet style, forcing them to engage in physical and gritty battles.
The Blackhawks don't win this game if they are too wrapped up in battling with guys like Dan Cleary and Jonathan Ericsson. They don't win this game if they are focused on the officiating and not the play out on the ice. And they don't win this game if Jimmy Howard continues to stand on his head.
As such, Detroit wins this one at home to put the 'Hawks on the brink of elimination. Why start betting against the Wings now?