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Surging Blackhawks get litmus test vs. Red Wings

Detroit (5-1-1) at Chicago (3-2-2) 8:30 pm. EDT

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Coach Joel Quenneville has the Chicago

Blackhawks playing up to their potential, but they will face a

stern test against the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit

Red Wings on Saturday.

The Blackhawks have responded to Quenneville, who took over for

Denis Savard four games into the season. Nikolai Khabibulin

stopped 23 shots for his first shutout of the season and Patrick

Sharp recorded a goal and an assist as Chicago posted a 3-0

victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday.

The Blackhawks, who are 2-0-1 under Quenneville, are coming off

what Khabibulin said "might be our best game of the year."

Khabibulin, who is 2-1-1 with a 1.97 goals-against average in

four starts, has his work cut out for him against the Red Wings.

Marian Hossa had two goals and an assist as Detroit posted its

third straight win Friday, a 5-3 triumph over Atlanta.

Hossa, who signed a one-year, $7.45 million contract as a free

agent in the offseason, has a five-game points streak.

The Red Wings, who have opened the season with three straight

road wins, went 3-4-1 against the Blackhawks last season.



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