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Jan 27, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader (8) checks Chicago Blackhawks player Johnny Oduya (27) during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Preview: Red Wings Want To End Blackhawks' Point Streak

The Detroit Red Wings face-off against the Chicago Blackhawks at 12:30 p.m. ET.

The Red Wings are returning home after a two game stint in California, to play their division rivals, the Blackhawks. The Wings split their road games by dropping one to the Kings, before beating the Sharks and former Red Wing Brad Stuart. In tonight’s game the Red Wings will once again have to put plenty of shots on net and test Crawford/Emery.

The Blackhawks have been a a role all season long. They have not lost a game in regulation yet this season and are riding their goaltenders, Corey Crawford and Ray Emery, who are  having stellar seasons. The Hawks top players, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and Marian Hossa are not to be outdone by the goalies though. They have almost half of the Hawks’ goals this season and the Wings defense will have to keep a very close eye on them.

Projected Line-up

Johan Franzen – Henrik Zetterberg – Damien Brunner

Daniel Cleary – Pavel Datsyuk – Justin Abdelkader

Tomas Tatar – Joakim Andersson – Patrick Eaves

Drew Miller – Cory Emmerton – Jordin Tootoo

Defense:

Niklas Kronwall – Jonathan Ericsson

Brian Lashoff – Brendan Smith

Kyle Quincey – Jakub Kindl

Goaltender

Jimmy Howard

Ian White seems to be in Mike Babcock’s dog house right now and talking to the media hasn’t helped.

Patrick Eaves recorded his first goal of the season against the Sharks. First of many, I hope.

Daniel Cleary has stepped up to his roll on the second line, but Justin Abdelkader has not. Abs is hurting the top six and if he doesn’t turn his luck around problems will continue to follow him.

Red Wings speedster, Darren Helm has finally been diagnosed with a torn disk. While it isn’t good news for the Wings, he finally knows what has been ailing him all season.

Wings players Valtteri Filppula and Carlo Colaiacovo are still a few games away from rejoining the Red Wings line-up.

While, Todd Bertuzzi is a ways off from rejoining the Wings’ second line, to the chagrin of Pavel Datsyuk.

Prediction: After a night on the town in Dublin, I feel great about the Red Wings chances today against the Blackhawks. Wings celebrate the first Hawks loss in regulation, with a 4-2 victory.

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