Blackhawks Vs. Red Wings Preview: Potent Offenses Of The Central Division Fight For Top Spot

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 21: Partick Sharp #10 of the Chicago Blackhawks receives congratulations after scoring a second period goal against the Montreal Canadiens at the United Center on December 21, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Two of the NHL's best scoring teams meetup in the Blackhawks' final game of 2011.

The Chicago Blackhawks (23-10-4, 50 points) take on the Detroit Red Wings (23-12-1, 47 points) on Friday night, hoping to control the potent Red Wings offense.

Despite coming off a 0-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings, the Hawks have had a healthy haul of success in December, going 9-3 in the final month of the 2011 season. Much of the Blackhawks success has come on the shoulders of their strong offense, which has scored 122 goals through 37 games, good for 3rd most goals in the 2011-2012 NHL Season.

The Red Wings are no slouches on offense either, scoring 118 goals through only 36 games while converting 20.1% of their power plays -- good for 4th in the NHL. And, since neither team has shown discernible knacks for killing power plays, the game could easily blossom into a high-scoring affair on Friday night.

Game Time: 7:30 PM CST

Locations: United Center, Chicago, IL

TV: CSN-CH

For more on the Chicago Blackhawks, drop by Second City Hockey, and for the more coverage and in-depth analysis on the Detroit Red Wings, check out Winging It In Motown. Stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago for in-game score updates and post-game recaps.

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