Detroit has alternated wins and losses over their last eight games, but after beating Phoenix 3-2 on Thursday at home, the Red Wings can break that pattern and catch Chicago in the Central Division standings with another win. Currently, Detroit sits in third place in the division and fifth in the tightly contested Western Conference standings, just four points behind the conference-leading Vancouver Canucks.
The Red Wings have taken care of business at home in Joe Louis Arena with a 16-2-1 record and a win today will be the team's 14th straight home win which will tie a team record. They will have to earn it against Chicago, a team that has had its fair share of success in Detroit of late. Plus, the Blackhawks will be looking for revenge after dropping a game to the Red Wings on their home ice this past Sunday.
In that overtime thriller, Pavel Datsyuk slipped the game-winner past Chicago goalie Corey Crawford to complete the strong comeback win for the Wings.
Saturday's game, the second of three straight home games for Detroit, is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on NBC.