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Blackhawks look to regroup against streaking Red Wings

Nov 2, 2006 - 2:49 PM Detroit (7-4-1) at Chicago (4-8-0) 8:30 pm EST

CHICAGO (Ticker) - A season that start promisingly quickly has disintegrated into another nightmare for the Chicago Blackhawks, who host the Central Division rival Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.

The Blackhawks, who won four of their first six games, have dropped six consecutive contests. The biggest reason for their ineptitude lately is a lack of offense, as the they have only scored nine goals during the losing streak, including just two goals in their past four games.

Chicago, which gets a week off after this one, was blanked over 240 minutes, 56 seconds before scoring a pair of goals in a loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday. Jassen Cullimore and Denis Arkhipov finally broke Chicago's offensive drought.

Chicago outshot the Islanders, 32-24, but went 0-for-5 with the man advantage and allowed three power-play goals.

Detroit comes off its fourth straight victory, a 3-2 triumph over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday. Defenseman Brett Lebda scored his first goal of the season with the game-winner in the third period.

Tomas Holmstrom also scored for the Red Wings and seems to be waking up. Holmstrom, who only had two points in his first nine games, has five points in his last three games.

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