NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
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
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
Four of the last seven meetings in this series have gone into overtime.
11/14 10:21:47 ET