CHICAGO -- The Detroit Red Wings are reeling coming down the stretch, attempting to secure the Western Conference's last spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
After losing to the San Jose Sharks in a shootout Thursday night in Detroit, the assignment gets even more difficult Friday night at United Center, where the Red Wings will play the Central Division rival Chicago Blackhawks.
Chicago blasted Detroit 7-1 in the last meeting March 31 at Joe Louis Arena and aim to make it a four-game season-series sweep in the final meeting between the storied franchises as division rivals.
Chicago's Dave Bolland will sit out his fourth straight game with a lower-body injury believed to be his foot, which was struck by a hard slap shot from Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber on April 1 in a 3-2 Blackhawks shootout win.
Corey Crawford will get the start in goal for Chicago, and Jimmy Howard is expected to get the start for Detroit after taking the loss on Thursday night against San Jose.
Here is how the Red Wings and Blackhawks might line up on Friday night:
Johan Franzen – Pavel Datsyuk – Justin Abdelkader
Valtteri Filppula – Henrik Zetterberg – Danny Cleary
Gustav Nyquist – Joakim Andersson – Damien Brunner
Drew Miller – Cory Emmerton – Patrick Eaves
Niklas Kronwall – Jonathan Ericsson
Kyle Quincey – Brendan Smith
Danny Dekeyser – Jakub Kindl
Scratched: Ian White, Jordin Tootoo, Brian Lashoff, Carlo Colaiacovo, Mikael Samuelsson, Jared Coreau
Injured: Darren Helm (IR, back), Todd Bertuzzi (IR, back)
Brandon Saad – Jonathan Toews – Marian Hossa
Patrick Sharp – Marcus Kruger – Patrick Kane
Bryan Bickell – Michal Handzus – Victor Stalberg
Daniel Carcillo – Andrew Shaw – Michael Frolik
Duncan Keith – Niklas Hjalmarsson
Nick Leddy – Brent Seabrook
Johnny Oduya – Michal Rozsival
Scratched: Sheldon Brookbank, Brandon Bollig, Dave Bolland (day-to-day, lower body)