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Friday, December 19th (All times eastern)

Chicago Blackhawks (7-16-6-3) at Detroit Red Wings (20-10-3-1), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Detroit Red Wings try for their fourth straight victory tonight when they host the lowly Chicago Blackhawks at Joe Louis Arena.

The Red Wings pulled out a 3-2 overtime win against the San Jose Sharks at home on Wednesday night. Pavel Datsyuk tied the game in the closing seconds of the third period and Brendan Shanahan scored the winner at 3:51 of overtime.

Brett Hull added an assist to push his league-best scoring streak to 12 games. He has seven goals and 10 assists in that stretch.

Datsyuk also extended his goal-scoring run to six games and won the NHL Offensive Player of the Week in the process. The Russian youngster has eight goals in his last six games and is tied for first in the NHL with 40 points.

Detroit is 5-0-0-1 in its last six and 9-1-1-1 in the last 12. The Wings have also won six straight at home. Curtis Joseph had a strong game in net with 26 saves in the victory.

The Red Wings have 44 points and lead St. Louis by one for first in the Central Division.

Tonight's contest is the final test of a three-game homestand. Detroit then travels to Nashville to play the Predators on Saturday night.

The Blackhawks, meanwhile, have just one win in their last 18 contests (1-11-3-3) and were dealt a 6-1 thrashing by the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night. Marian Hossa finished with two goals and an assist to lead the Senators.

Mark Bell scored for the Blackhawks, who suffered their 10th straight road loss. They are winless in their last three (0-2-1) overall. Michael Leighton stopped 26 of 32 shots.

The Red Wings have taken two of the three meetings between the teams this season and won four of the last seven matchups. The Blackhawks have lost two straight in Detroit, but are 6-2-3 in their last 11 trips to Joe Louis Arena.

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