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Blackhawks Trail 3-0 After The 2nd

by Staff Writer / Chicago Blackhawks

Blackhawks vs. Red Wings - 7:30 pm

The Blackhawks will be after their first win of the season against arch rival Detroit Tuesday night (7:30 pm) at the United Center.

A Hawks win would stall the Red Wings from moving into a 1st place tie with Nashville in the Central Division.

The Wings have taken the first four meetings this year with both games in Chicago decided by one goal. In Detroit last Wednesday, the Wings prevailed 4-2 on Henrik Zetterberg's two goals in the final period -- the last coming with in an empty net.

While Detroit boasts the fewest losses on home ice, they have dropped their last two starts, the first in a shootout at home to Edmonton and in overtime at Nashville Saturday. They are 4-4-2 in their last 10 road games.

The Hawks are fresh after Sunday's 5-1 victory at the UC over St. Louis. Martin Havlat continues to lead the team in scoring (24-25=49). Coach Denis Savard indicated that Nikolai Khabibulin will get the call in goal.

Chicago moved up to 10th in the league in penalty killing after denying the Blues all 10 man advantage chances Sunday, which included a two-man advantage for a full two minutes late in the final period.

Detroit trails 1st place Nashville by two points in the division and for the overall lead in the Western Conference. Zetterberg leads the Wings in scoring (33-35=68) while Tomas Holmstrom is 2nd in goals (24) after a hat trick against the Predators.

Dominik Hasek continues to lead the league with the lowest goals against average (2.07) and is tied for 2nd in shutouts (6) and 3rd in wins (32).

In some expected moves before Tuesday's trade deadline, the Hawks picked up forward Jason Williams from Detroit in a three-way deal with the Wings and Philadelphia. Williams will face his former teammates tonight and former Hawk Kyle Calder will don a Wings jersey.

Chicago sent defenseman Lasse Kukkonen and a 3rd round pick for Calder and then shipped him to Detroit for Williams. Also, the Hawks traded Bryan Smolinski to Vancouver for a 2nd round pick and recalled defenseman Danny Richmond from Norfolk.

The homestand will wind up Thursday (7:30 pm) at the United Center against Colorado before the Hawks head back to Detroit Friday for another clash with the Wings.

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