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Detroit has lost seven of eight; Crawford to start for Chicago

by Brandon Cain / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

RED WINGS (10-29-3) at BLACKHAWKS (18-18-6)

7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Corey Crawford will make his first start in almost two weeks for the Chicago Blackhawks when they host the Detroit Red Wings at United Center on Sunday.

Crawford hasn't played since he was pulled after allowing four goals on 20 shots in a 7-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Dec. 23. He will start in place of Robin Lehner, who is day to day with a right-knee injury.

Chicago has won five of its past seven games after going 1-4-1 in its previous six.

Detroit has lost seven of its past eight games, including going 0-4-0 on the road in that span.

 

Players to watch

Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi has scored five goals in his past nine games.

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has six points (four goals, two assists) in his past two games and 17 points (10 goals, seven assists) in his past 10.

 

They said it

"We work too hard to try to create offense, we work too hard to try to create O-zone time, to give away easy chances. So we have to be better than that and our special teams have to be better." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill

"We need the points. Regardless of who we're playing, we're not in the position to take anyone lightly." -- Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton

 

Red Wings projected lineup

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Dylan Larkin -- Robby Fabbri

Givani Smith -- Valtteri Filppula -- Filip Zadina

Darren Helm -- Frans Nielsen -- Luke Glendening

Adam Erne -- Christoffer Ehn -- Justin Abdelkader

Patrik Nemeth -- Filip Hronek

Madison Bowey -- Trevor Daley

Brian Lashoff -- Mike Green

Jonathan Bernier

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: Alex Biega, Brendan Perlini

Injured: Andreas Athanasiou (lower body), Danny DeKeyser (back), Jonathan Ericsson (face), Anthony Mantha (upper body)

 

Blackhawks projected lineup

Dominik Kubalik -- Jonathan Toews -- John Quenneville

Alex DeBrincat -- Kirby Dach -- Dylan Strome

Dylan Sikura -- Ryan Carpenter -- Patrick Kane

Zack Smith -- David Kampf -- Matthew Highmore

Duncan Keith -- Adam Boqvist

Erik Gustafsson -- Connor Murphy

Olli Maatta -- Dennis Gilbert

Corey Crawford

Kevin Lankinen

Scratched: Alex Nylander, Slater Koekkoek

Injured: Drake Caggiula (concussion protocol), Calvin de Haan (right shoulder), Robin Lehner (right knee), Brandon Saad (right ankle), Brent Seabrook (right shoulder/left and right hip), Andrew Shaw (concussion protocol)

 

Status report

Detroit did not hold a morning skate. … Nylander will be the healthy scratch for a third straight game.

 

Stat pack

Detroit is 0-for-14 on the power play in its past five games. … Maatta will play in his 400th NHL game. … Kubalik has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past four games.

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