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Hawks hope to end skid against Wings

Sunday, 01.08.2012 / 12:06 AM

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

RED WINGS (25-14-1) at BLACKHAWKS (24-13-4)

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: NBCSN (HD), TSN2

Last 10: Detroit 6-4-0; Chicago 5-5-0.

Season Series: This is the second of six meetings between the Central Division rivals. Chicago earned a 3-2 win against Detroit on Dec. 30 at the United Center.

Big Story: Chicago received some good news Saturday as it activated defenseman Steve Montador off injured reserve. The 32-year-old leads all Blackhawks defensemen with 5 goals -- 2 via the power play. He has 10 points (5 goals, 5 assists) and a plus-1 rating in 38 games this season.

Montador had been out since suffering an upper-body injury against these Wings on Dec. 30 -- a span of three games.

"Monty's probably coming back," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville admitted to reporters Friday. 

Team Scope:

Red Wings: Detroit nearly pulled off a tremendous comeback Saturday night, but just fell short in a 4-3 loss at Toronto. The Red Wings rallied from a 3-0 deficit to tie the game, but Joffrey Lupul beat Jimmy Howard 7:10 into the third period to put the Leafs back in front. Detroit outshot Toronto by a 40-18 margin in the loss.

"It's so important to get off on a good start on the road. I thought I needed to be a little bit better for the guys," Howard said. "You just take it one shot at a time out there. You try to make saves for the guys to try to get give them a chance to get back into it. I thought we did a great job at the start of the second making a game of it."

Blackhawks: Chicago will be looking to right the ship Sunday after suffering a 4-0 loss at the hands of the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night at the United Center. The Blackhawks have lost three straight to match a season high for consecutive defeats. They've also dropped four of their last five following a 9-1-1 run and are just 1-for-23 on the power play in their last eight contests.

"Tonight we didn't deserve anything," Quenneville said after the loss. "We got what we deserved. I know we didn't give up a lot of chances, but look at what we generated. We didn't generate enough."

Who's Hot: Wings center Pavel Datsyuk had a pair of assists Saturday night to give him 4 in the last three contests, while Johan Franzen has 2 goals and 2 assists over the same stretch. … Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews has 2 goals and 2 assists in his last four games.

Injury Report: Detroit is expected to be without Darren Helm (groin), Tomas Holmstrom (groin), and Patrick Eaves (jaw). … Marcus Kruger (concussion) is out for Chicago, along with Daniel Carcillo (knee, suspension).

Stat Pack: With Saturday's loss, Howard remains stuck on 99 career victories. … Toews has taken 825 faceoffs this season. He's won 60.8 percent of those draws, tops in the League.

Puck Drop: "That was un-Red Wing-like. You can't win every night in the League playing like that." -- Detroit coach Mike Babcock after Saturday's 4-3 loss at Toronto
2011-2012 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 07 '12CHI 3 at DET 2 - SOP. Kane
Mar 04 '12CHI 2 at DET 1P. Kane
Feb 21 '12DET 1 at CHI 2M. Kruger
Jan 14 '12CHI 2 at DET 3 - OTT. Bertuzzi
Jan 08 '12DET 3 at CHI 2 - OTP. Datsyuk
Dec 30 '11DET 2 at CHI 3B. Seabrook
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
P. Datsyuk41133043+161024
J. Franzen41162036+233498
V. Filppula40142135+111020
H. Zetterberg4182432+51412
J. Hudler40121527+42211
N. Lidstrom4181523+181830
I. White3751520+241000
D. Cleary4110919+91620
N. Kronwall4191019+02434
T. Bertuzzi3561218+173700
T. Holmstrom346915+01262
D. Miller397714+111002
D. Helm374812+4400
J. Abdelkader414610+32401
B. Stuart41459+11411
J. Ericsson41178+153700
J. Kindl32178+81700
C. Emmerton31437+6800
C. Conner7123+2000
B. Smith3022-1400
M. Commodore10011+4900
P. Eaves10011+0200
G. Nyquist5011+1200
F. Brunnstrom5011-2400
J. Andersson4000+1000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
J. Howard3524-10-1719332.05.924
T. Conklin72-4-0191843.01.897
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
M. Hossa41172744+201471
J. Toews42221941+131234
P. Sharp42202040+183245
P. Kane42102737+63022
D. Keith3922123+131400
V. Stalberg3991322+32203
N. Leddy4221820-71000
D. Bolland389817-63141
A. Brunette429716-9240
B. Seabrook3831114+12812
M. Frolik405611-71400
D. Carcillo282911+108200
S. Montador395510+01721
M. Kruger343710-21200
J. Mayers42369+14101
B. Bickell36448-93300
N. Hjalmarsson42167+2200
S. O'Donnell27055-5600
J. Hayes5202+1200
B. Pirri4022+3000
B. Smith7101-6000
A. Shaw3101-1500
J. Scott20011+02800
S. Lepisto11000+4400
R. Olesz6000-1600
J. Morin3000-1000
D. Olsen2000+0000
B. Saad2000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
C. Crawford3015-10-3828322.86.901
R. Emery159-3-2384052.72.906