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Projected lineups for Red Wings, Blackhawks

Friday, 04.12.2013 / 11:40 AM

By Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Projected lineups for Red Wings, Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- The Detroit Red Wings are reeling coming down the stretch, attempting to secure the Western Conference's last spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

After losing to the San Jose Sharks in a shootout Thursday night in Detroit, the assignment gets even more difficult Friday night at United Center, where the Red Wings will play the Central Division rival Chicago Blackhawks.

Chicago blasted Detroit 7-1 in the last meeting March 31 at Joe Louis Arena and aim to make it a four-game season-series sweep in the final meeting between the storied franchises as division rivals.

Chicago's Dave Bolland will sit out his fourth straight game with a lower-body injury believed to be his foot, which was struck by a hard slap shot from Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber on April 1 in a 3-2 Blackhawks shootout win.

Corey Crawford will get the start in goal for Chicago, and Jimmy Howard is expected to get the start for Detroit after taking the loss on Thursday night against San Jose.

Here is how the Red Wings and Blackhawks might line up on Friday night:

RED WINGS

Johan FranzenPavel DatsyukJustin Abdelkader

Valtteri FilppulaHenrik ZetterbergDanny Cleary

Gustav NyquistJoakim AnderssonDamien Brunner

Drew MillerCory EmmertonPatrick Eaves

Niklas KronwallJonathan Ericsson

Kyle QuinceyBrendan Smith

Danny DekeyserJakub Kindl

Jimmy Howard

Jonas Gustavsson

Scratched: Ian White, Jordin Tootoo, Brian Lashoff, Carlo Colaiacovo, Mikael Samuelsson, Jared Coreau

Injured: Darren Helm (IR, back), Todd Bertuzzi (IR, back)

BLACKHAWKS

Brandon SaadJonathan ToewsMarian Hossa

Patrick SharpMarcus KrugerPatrick Kane

Bryan BickellMichal Handzus – Victor Stalberg

Daniel CarcilloAndrew ShawMichael Frolik

Duncan KeithNiklas Hjalmarsson

Nick LeddyBrent Seabrook

Johnny OduyaMichal Rozsival

Corey Crawford

Ray Emery

Scratched: Sheldon Brookbank, Brandon Bollig, Dave Bolland (day-to-day, lower body)

Quote of the Day

It's always a little bit weird, but it moves on. They've got a good team, and they played well tonight. I think that's just part of it.

— Peter Laviolette on facing his former team (Flyers) for the first time since his departure