Wings Go For 14th Straight Home Win on the 14th
With Friday the 13th in the past, Detroit faces off against Chicago today on home ice for a nationally televised matinee. The Wings are coming off a 3-2 comeback victory against Phoenix that was Mike Babcock's 400th win and Jimmy Howard's 100th. Detroit seeks to tie their franchise record for consecutive home wins set during the 1964-65 season. Only two points separate the teams, with St. Louis sitting in between them.
The two previous games have been just as close as their place in the standings with both being decided 3-2. Chicago won once in regulation and Detroit won last week in overtime. Today's game should be no different.
The Blackhawks' are missing scorer Patrick Sharp who leads the team in shots after he went down with a wrist injury in an earlier game versus Detroit. The Wings won't miss pest Dan Carcillo who is out for the season after suffering an ACL injury while delivering an illegal hit that he was suspended for. Mike Commodore is still day-to-day with a sore foot and Todd Bertuzzi will be a game-time decision due to back and groin issues. If Bertuzzi can't go Detroit will skate with the same lines they did against the Coyotes.
Zetterberg (2A), Filppula (1G, 1A) and Ericsson (2A), Hossa (2A), Leddy (2A), Sharp (1G, 1A) are the point leaders in the season series.
Datsyuk (4 pts in last 3), Franzen (6 pts in last 6) and Filppula (6 pts in last 5) have the hot hands for Detroit. Captain Nick Lidstrom is cold with no points in his previous 7 games. He's typically a better performer in the second half of the season so look for him to get out of his slump.
Hossa (4 pts in last 3), Stalberg (4 pts in last 2), Bolland (5 pts in last 2) and Frolik (3 pts in last 3) have the scoring touch right now for the Hawks. Top defensive duo Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook are cold with only 1 point between them in the past 4 games.
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