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(Sports Network) - The Detroit Red Wings aim to extend the Chicago Blackhawks' current losing streak when the two longtime rivals get together this evening at Joe Louis Arena.

The Blackhawks have suffered four consecutive defeats and lost all three contests of a recent homestand, which concluded with a 2-1 setback to Buffalo on Wednesday. Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller came up just short of a shutout and finished with 34 saves.

Chicago outshot the Eastern Conference leaders 35-29 on the evening, but only managed Denis Arkhipov's shorthanded tally which spoiled Miller's bid with 49.1 seconds left to play.

The Blackhawks, who have dropped six of their last seven overall, have also had little success versus the Red Wings as of late. Detroit has taken 10 of the last 11 meetings between the Central Division foes and has topped Chicago twice already this season.

The road team has won the last five encounters in the series, however, and the Blackhawks were a 3-2 overtime winner in their last trip to Joe Louis back in March. That victory stopped a seven-game losing streak in Detroit for Chicago.

Chicago hopes to get a boost from the possible return of Martin Havlat to its lineup. The standout right wing, who has compiled 26 points in 21 games this season, has missed the club's last three contests with a groin pull.

The Red Wings remain on the heels of division-leading Nashville and have won two straight games. Detroit currently trails the Predators by four points for the Central's top spot.

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