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Blackhawks, Red Wings clash in Motown

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Blackhawks will try to record their first three-game winning streak in over a month when they visit the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday in a clash between Original Six rivals at Joe Louis Arena.

The Blackhawks recently went 3-0-1 on a four-game homestand and closed the stay in the Windy City with consecutive victories against Anaheim and Boston. It marked the first time Chicago had won two in a row since Dec. 23-27 and the club hasn't registered three straight victories since Dec. 8-11.

This evening's clash marks the first of two scheduled meetings this season between the Blackhawks and Red Wings, who are old rivals but no longer play in the same conference due to the onset of realignment.

Detroit, which will visit Chicago on March 16 to complete the season series, has lost seven straight regular-season games against the Blackhawks. Chicago also ousted the Red Wings from the playoffs last spring, winning the final three games of the best-of-seven series to come back from a three-games-to-one deficit to take the second-round set.

The Blackhawks, of course, went on to win their second Stanley Cup title in four years after overcoming the seventh-seeded Red Wings.

After beating the Ducks by a 4-2 score on Friday, Chicago posted Sunday's 3-2 shootout win over the Boston Bruins in a rematch of last spring's Stanley Cup Finals. Patrick Kane scored the winner in the shootout after going 0-for-9 for the season in the penalty-shot segment before Sunday.

On the final attempt of the shootout, Kane skated down the middle and slowed up before picking his shot and burying a wrister past Tuukka Rask for the win.

Marian Hossa and Brandon Bollig scored for the Blackhawks in regulation, while Corey Crawford stopped 34 shots in the win.

"I thought the pace of this game was quick and it didn't stop," said Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville. "They're a great team and they can really wear you down. I thought the guys did a good job of standing them up."

Chicago now embarks on a road-heavy portion of its schedule, as it will play two straight and nine of its next 10 away from United Center. The Blackhawks, who are 14-5-4 as the guest, will visit Minnesota tomorrow evening before playing their final home game before the Winter Olympics break in Sunday's test against visiting Winnipeg.

Detroit, meanwhile, lost for the third time in four games in Monday's 4-1 setback against the visiting St. Louis Blues. The Red Wings, who are already battling a ton of injuries, also lost goaltender Jimmy Howard to a knee injury in Monday's defeat.

Howard expects to miss at least a week of action with fluid in his knee, meaning backup Jonas Gustavsson will take over the bulk of the goaltending duties in his absence. Gustavsson had been dealing with a groin injury of his own, but is ready to start on Wednesday.

Jaroslav Halak stopped 22 shots to help the Blues subdue the Red Wings and drop Detroit to 7-11-7 as the host this season. Howard started the game in net for Detroit but left halfway through the second period. He had allowed three goals on 25 shots. Petr Mrazek took over and gave up a goal on 14 shots.

"They were better in all areas of the game tonight," said Detroit head coach Mike Babcock. "But I don't want the guys focusing on this because our game lately has been very good."

Gustav Nyquist scored the only goal of the game for Detroit, which is dealing with injuries to several key players, including forward Pavel Datsyuk. The Russian star will miss an eighth straight game on Wednesday with a lower-body injury, and fellow forwards Daniel Alfredsson (back) and Joakim Andersson (lower body) are also out.

In addition to Datsyuk, Alfredsson and Andersson, forwards Johan Franzen (head) and Darren Helm (groin/shoulder) are expected to miss Wednesday's tilt. However, defenseman Jonathan Ericsson could return tonight for the first time since injuring his ribs on Dec. 23.

Detroit is in the midst of a five-game homestand and will continue the stay at the Joe on Friday against Montreal before completing the residency in Sunday's test against Florida.

01/22 11:12:43 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
11th
CWS 3
BOS 3
 
11th
HOU 4
KAN 6
 
8:10pm Wednesday
MIN 0
TOR 0
6th
ANA 1
OAK 4
 
6th
SDP 3
COL 1
 
6th
SFG 1
LOS 1
 
1:05pm Today
PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
2:05pm Today
TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
STL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
Final
MIA 87
PHI 100
Final
NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
3rd
DEN 52
GSW 66
 
Half
POR 68
LAC 52
 
3rd
SAC 65
PHO 60
 
Final
TAM 4
MON 5
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
2nd Intermission
ANA 4
DAL 2
 
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR