In an odd twist of fate the Blackhawks have become the measuring stick by which the Wings judge their development. Inclusive of the preseason the Wings are currently 0-2-2 vs. the Hawks. Whereas the Hawk’s roster has remained a relative constant games against the Chicago have been frequent and so as Detroit wheels and deals in can monitor best gauge the impacts deals make on the Wings performance. The Wings are hoping that tonight is the night all the pieces fall in place and they emerge from the United Centre with two points. In other Detroit news the Wings acquired defenceman Stanislav Neckar in exchange for Espen Knutsen and a 9th round selection is this years draft. Knutsen has been publicly demanding a trade for sometime now as he was unhappy toiling in the minors. It is uncertain at this time as to what role Neckar will play with Detroit aside from spot duty as injuries occur but coach Francis has indicated that he may utilized in games against opponents that play a more physical game. Neckar will be meeting the team tomorrow in New Jersey to practice prior to their game vs. the Devils as Detroit continues their seven game road trip.