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Wings-Hawks to play first of home-and-home

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings
DETROIT -- The Red Wings close out their home schedule for 2008 next Tuesday when they host the Chicago Blackhawks in what will be the 700th regular-season meeting between these Original Six rivals.

The Wings have compiled a 354-254-91 record against the Blackhawks.

The Wings and Blackhawks have played twice this season, with Detroit winning both previous games in shoot-outs on Oct. 25 at the United Center, and Dec. 6 at Joe Louis Arena.

In the last 10 meetings, the Wings are 5-4-1 against the Blackhawks, and are winners of five of the last six games by a combined score of 23-18. In that time, the Red Wings' offense has been paced by forwards Jiri Hudler (4-8--12) and Henrik Zetterberg (5-6--11).

The Wings and 'Hawks will finish their home-and-home series when the two meet on New Year's Day in the NHL's second annual Winter Classic at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

Tuesday, December 30
Red Wings vs. Chicago Blackhawks at Joe Louis Arena, Detroit

TIME: 7:30 p.m. ET
TV: FS Detroit
RADIO: 97.1 FM The Ticket
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