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Preview: Blackhawks at Red Wings

Jimmy Howard returns for Detroit; Chicago goes for ninth straight road win

by Dave Hogg / NHL.com Correspondent

BLACKHAWKS (42-19-5) at RED WINGS (25-29-11) 

7:30 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, CSN-CH, FS-D, NHL.TV

 

Blackhawks team scope 

The Chicago Blackhawks, who are making their final regular-season trip to Joe Louis Arena, are one point behind the Minnesota Wild for first place in the Central Division and Western Conference. The Blackhawks' seven-game winning streak ended with a 1-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks at United Center on Thursday, but they have a franchise-record eight-game road winning streak, during which they've outscored their opponents 38-19. They had 43 shots on goal against the Ducks but were unable to score. "We did a lot of good things [but] not scoring," coach Joel Quenneville said. "I thought our shots, either our selection or our net-front presence, was a little off. We had good looks but no finish." Forward Tomas Jurco will face the Detroit Red Wings for the first time since being traded to the Blackhawks on Feb. 24. Jurco spent parts of the past six seasons with the Red Wings.

 

Red Wings team scope 

Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard will start for the first time since injuring his right knee Dec. 20 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. "It's been a long and grinding road but I'm excited to be back," he said. "I just want to get back out there and help the team play the way it is capable of playing." To make room for Howard, the Red Wings sent goaltender Jared Coreau to Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League. Forward Anthony Mantha, who is tied for third on the Red Wings in goals (14) and is third in points (33), will be a healthy scratch. "This is part of the development process for a young player," coach Jeff Blashill said. "Anthony is going to be a great player in this League, but we have to keep his performance arrow going up and it hasn't been there in the last four games." 

 

Blackhawks projected lineup 

Nick Schmaltz -- Jonathan Toews -- Richard Panik

Artemi Panarin -- Artem Anisimov -- Patrick Kane

Ryan Hartman -- Tanner Kero -- Marian Hossa

Tomas Jurco -- Marcus Kruger -- Jordin Tootoo

Duncan Keith -- Brent Seabrook

Johnny Oduya -- Niklas Hjalmarsson

Brian Campbell -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Corey Crawford

Jeff Glass

Scratched: Andrew Desjardins, Dennis Rasmussen, Michal Kempny, Michal Rozsival  

Injured: Scott Darling (upper body) 

 

Red Wings projected lineup 

Tomas Tatar -- Henrik Zetterberg - Gustav Nyquist

Andreas Athanasiou - Frans Nielsen -- Dylan Larkin

Mitch Callahan -- Justin Abdelkader -- Darren Helm

Riley Sheahan -- Luke Glendening -- Drew Miller

Danny DeKeyser -- Mike Green

Nick Jensen -- Niklas Kronwall

Robbie Russo -- Xavier Ouellet

Jimmy Howard

Petr Mrazek

Scratched: Anthony Mantha 

Injured: Jonathan Ericsson (wrist), Ryan Sproul (knee) 

 

Status report 

The Blackhawks did not have a morning skate Friday after playing Thursday. If Crawford doesn't start for the second straight game, Glass will make his NHL debut. . … Callahan is expected to play on the Red Wings' third line with Nielsen moving to the second line. 

 

Who's hot 

Kane has nine goals in his past six games. Panarin has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past six games. Keith, who will play his 900th NHL game, has four assists in his past five games. … Zetterberg has 12 points (one goal, 11 assists) in his past eight games. Larkin has three points (one goal, two assists) in his past three games.

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