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Detroit playing second game of back-to-back; Chicago has won six in row

by Scott King / Correspondent

RED WINGS (21-27-7) at BLACKHAWKS (22-24-9)



The Game

The Chicago Blackhawks will try to win their seventh straight game when they host the Detroit Red Wings at United Center on Sunday.

Chicago, which has outscored its opponents 31-18 in its past six games, last won seven straight from Feb. 19-March 4, 2017.

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has 29 points (10 goals, 19 assists) in a 13-game point streak, the longest active streak in the NHL.

Detroit, which is playing the second game of a back-to-back (lost 3-1 to Buffalo Sabres on Saturday), is 3-2-0 in its past five games after going 3-9-2 in its previous 14.


Players to watch

Red Wings forward Thomas Vanek has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his past nine games. 

Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews has 12 points (six goals, six assists) in a six-game point streak.


They said it

"Just come out and play better. Play like we did at the beginning of the game (against Buffalo). We had a great start, we were playing good hockey. We've just got to come out and be ready to play, that's the biggest thing. With that, we've got to make sure that we're committed to scoring dirty." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill 

"Obviously, it's a process here. He's not going to get too high or too low and neither are we. But I'm happy for him that he felt good enough to be on the ice (Saturday) and we'll see what happens." -- Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton on Corey Crawford, who hasn't played since Dec. 16 because of a concussion


Red Wings projected lineup

Gustav Nyquist -- Dylan Larkin -- Justin Abdelkader

Thomas Vanek -- Frans Nielsen -- Anthony Mantha

Darren Helm -- Luke Glendening -- Andreas Athanasiou

Michael Rasmussen -- Jacob de la Rose -- Christoffer Ehn

Niklas Kronwall -- Mike Green

Danny DeKeyser -- Nick Jensen

Jonathan Ericsson -- Dennis Cholowski

Jonathan Bernier

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: Martin Frk, Luke Witkowski

Injured: Evgeny Svechnikov (knee surgery), Trevor Daley (foot), Tyler Bertuzzi (upper body)


Blackhawks projected lineup

Drake Caggiula -- Jonathan Toews -- Patrick Kane

Alex DeBrincat -- Dylan Strome -- Dominik Kahun

Brandon Saad -- Marcus Kruger -- Brendan Perlini

Chris Kunitz -- Artem Anisimov -- John Hayden

Duncan Keith -- Brent Seabrook

Gustav Forsling -- Connor Murphy

Slater Koekkoek -- Erik Gustafsson

Collin Delia 

Cam Ward

Scratched: Carl Dahlstrom

Injured: Corey Crawford (concussion), David Kampf (right foot)


Status report

Crawford participated in the first 20 minutes of practice on Saturday. 


Stat pack

Nyquist has nine points (three goals, six assists) in his past nine games. … Athanasiou has six assists in his past five games. … Kane has 42 points (17 goals, 25 assists) in his past 21 games. … DeBrincat has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in a seven-game point streak. … Saad needs one point for 300 in the NHL.

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