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Red Wings look to build off Sunday's OT victory

by Staff Writer / Detroit Red Wings

(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Justin Abdelkader scored in overtime to give Detroit a 2-1 win against the St. Louis Blues on Sunday. It was his 20th goal of the season, doubling his previous career high. Forward Erik Cole has three goals in the past five games after being held without one in his first five with the Red Wings following a trade from the Dallas Stars on March 1st. Detroit will look to build off of Sunday's victory, after having lost four of their past six, and now only hold a four point advantage over the surging Ottawa Senators for third place in the Atlantic Division. Tonight's effort will likely will be without center Pavel Datsyuk for a fourth straight game due to a lower body injury. Datsyuk skated at practice at Joe Louis Arena on Monday, but said there is only a small chance he will play. "Feeling better," Datsyuk said. "But not like 100 percent. We're looking at the bigger picture." Jimmy Howard is expected to get the nod in goal tonight, as the Red Wings will look to complete the season sweep against the Arizona Coyotes.

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