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Blackhawks at Red Wings preview

Chicago seeks fifth straight win, can gain in wild-card race; Detroit has lost six in row

by Dave Hogg / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

BLACKHAWKS (31-28-8) at RED WINGS (15-48-5)

7:30 p.m. ET; NHLN, FS-D, NBCSCH, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Chicago Blackhawks will try to extend their winning streak to five games when they play the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Friday.

Chicago, which has outscored opponents 17-9 during its four-game streak, is four points behind the Vancouver Canucks, Nashville Predators, Winnipeg Jets and Arizona Coyotes for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.

The Red Wings have lost six straight games (0-5-1) and have three wins in their past 23 games (3-18-2).

 

Players to watch

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has three points (two goals, one assist) in his past three games.

Red Wings center Dylan Larkin has nine points (three goals, six assists) in his past seven games.

 

They said it

"We feel good about ourselves, but I think that we just take it one game at a time and try to keep building. We know that we're not out of it, so we'll just keep going and try to have another good start and a good game tomorrow." -- Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith

"We're facing another team that's making a push for the playoffs, so they're going to be hungry tonight. I'm going to challenge our team that, knowing we're going to get their best, we have got to make sure we give them our best. In our last game, we embraced that challenge against a real dynamic team in [ a 2-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche]." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill

 

Blackhawks projected lineup

Alex Nylander -- Dylan Strome -- Patrick Kane

Dominik Kubalik -- Jonathan Toews -- Brandon Saad

Alex DeBrincat -- Kirby Dach -- Drake Caggiula

Matthew Highmore -- David Kampf -- Ryan Carpenter

Duncan Keith -- Adam Boqvist

Olli Maatta -- Slater Koekkoek

Lucas Carlsson -- Connor Murphy

Corey Crawford

Malcolm Subban

Scratched: Nick Seeler, Dennis Gilbert

Injured: Calvin de Haan (right shoulder), Brent Seabrook (right shoulder/left and right hip), Andrew Shaw (concussion protocol), Zack Smith (back)

 

Red Wings projected lineup

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Dylan Larkin -- Anthony Mantha

Sam Gagner -- Valtteri Filppula -- Robby Fabbri

Justin Abdelkader -- Frans Nielsen -- Dmytro Timashov

Darren Helm -- Luke Glendening

Trevor Daley -- Filip Hronek

Patrik Nemeth -- Alex Biega

Madison Bowey -- Gustav Lindstrom

Jonathan Ericsson

Jonathan Bernier

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: Dennis Cholowski, Christoffer Ehn, Brendan Perlini

Injured: Danny DeKeyser (back), Filip Zadina (ankle), Adam Erne (hand)

 

Status report

Coach Jeremy Colliton said he was unsure if Crawford, who made 21 saves in a 4-3 win against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday, would make his second straight start. … Zadina, a forward, skated with the team on Friday and is getting close to returning to the lineup. … Detroit is expected to dress 11 forwards and seven defensemen. ... Gilbert, a defenseman, was recalled from Rockford of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis.

 

Stat pack

DeBrincat had two goals against the Oilers after not scoring a goal in his previous five games. … The Blackhawks defeated the Red Wings 4-2 at United Center on Jan. 5. The Red Wings led 2-0 after the first period before giving up four unanswered goals.

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