NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Wednesday, January 14th
(All times eastern)
Chicago Blackhawks (11-22-7-5) at Detroit Red Wings (26-13-4-2), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Detroit Red Wings try to extinguish a two-game losing
streak tonight when they welcome the Chicago Blackhawks to Joe Louis Arena.
The Wings have dropped consecutive contests to Boston on the heels of a four-
game winning streak. After a 3-0 home loss last Wednesday, Detroit lost a
2-1 overtime decision in Beantown three days later. Joe Thornton scored with
2:30 remaining in OT to lift the B's.
Kirk Maltby tallied the lone goal for Detroit, while Curtis Joseph turned
aside 33 shots in defeat. Cujo had a 4-0-1 personal unbeaten run going before
these last two losses.
The Red Wings will be without defenseman Mathieu Schneider tonight, as he was
suspended by the NHL for two games. The punishment came after Schneider struck
the Bruins' Glen Murray in the neck area with his stick at 7:46 of the third
period on Saturday. Schneider is eligible to return Monday against San Jose.
Detroit, which leads the Western Conference with 58 points, is 11-1-1 in its
last 13 at home. The Wings will host Phoenix on Friday.
Chicago, meanwhile, has lost two straight and three of its last four
(1-2-0-1). On Monday the Blackhawks dropped a 7-4 contest in St. Louis. Chris
Pronger posted two goals and one assist, including a tally to snap a tie
midway through the second period and help the Blues grab the victory.
Alex Zhamnov and Mark Bell both posted a goal and two assists for the
Blackhawks, who extended their franchise-record road losing streak to 14 games
and fell to 2-4-0-2 in their last eight overall.
In their last five games the Blackhawks have allowed a total of 24 goals.
Chicago, which hasn't won on the road since November 7 in Nashville, will host
Los Angeles on Sunday.
Detroit has gone 3-2 against Chicago this season, and the Wings have taken
five of the last nine meetings overall. The Hawks have lost three straight in
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