The Detroit Red Wings may not be average at Joe Louis Arena, but they are nothing more than Average Joes on the road.
In their first road game after a six-game homestand, the Red Wings fell to the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center Tuesday, dropping their road record to a pedestrian 15-16-1.
Both teams were without their star centers; Jonathan Toews missed the game for Chicago and is day-to-day with an upper-body injury, while Pavel Datsyuk underwent minor knee surgery Tuesday and will miss two to three weeks. Without them, both teams' role players stepped up as Valtteri Filppula, Jimmy Hayes and Marcus Kruger scored in a tightly-contested game.
The Blackhawks' home record is nothing to scoff at at 21-6-4, and they need all the help they can get after a nine-game losing skid. Chicago is fourth in an ultra-competitive Central Division and with Detroit and its 23-game home winning streak running away, the Blackhawks need to muster some momentum.