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Friday, November 14th (All times eastern)

Detroit Red Wings (8-7-1-0) at Chicago Blackhawks (6-7-3-1), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Detroit Red Wings target their third straight win tonight when they continue a three-game road trip in Chicago against the Blackhawks at the United Center.

On Wednesday, Steve Yzerman and Pavel Datsyuk each scored two goals to lead Detroit to a 6-2 victory over the Dallas Stars. Steve Thomas and Mathieu Schneider also tallied for the Red Wings, who have won three of their last four games since an 0-4-1 stretch. Dominik Hasek made 16 saves in the victory.

The Wings have led by at least three goals in each of their past four games, winning three times.

Thomas made his debut in a Red Wings sweater, tallying his 412th career goal. He was signed last week but had to get his visa issues taken care of before joining the club. Thomas was brought in after forward Henrik Zetterberg suffered a broken leg.

The Red Wings, 3-5-1 on the road this season, conclude their trip on Saturday in Minnesota.

Chicago, meanwhile, suffered its third straight loss on Wednesday, as it was pounded 6-2 by the Calgary Flames. Steve McCarthy and Brett McLean both scored for the Blackhawks, who are 0-2-0-1 since a three game winning streak. Michael Leighton started in goal for Chicago, but lasted only 28:59 after allowing five goals on 21 shots. Craig Anderson replaced him and made 11 saves.

With a win tonight the Blackhawks can jump the Red Wings into second place in the Central Division.

Usual starting goaltender Jocelyn Thibault has missed the last three games due to stiffness in his right hip. He went to see a specialist in Pittsburgh on Thursday and will miss tonight's contest as well.

Also on the injury front, defenseman Alexander Karpovtsev missed his third straight game on Wednesday with a sore back. The Blackhawks can ill afford any other injuries as they continue to play without stars Alex Zhamnov and Eric Daze, who are both nursing back injuries.

Detroit blanked Chicago earlier in the week and has won three of the last five matchups. The Red Wings have, however, lost two straight in the Windy City.

Four of the last seven meetings in this series have gone into overtime.

11/14 10:21:47 ET


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