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GAME: Detroit Red Wings (10-1-0) at Chicago Blackhawks (3-7-0).

TIME: Saturday, 8:30 p.m. EDT.

In five previous seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, Manny Legace never had the net to himself. Maybe that was a mistake.

Legace will look to continue his solid play to start the season when the Red Wings visit the Chicago Blackhawks in the second of three consecutive games between the teams.

Legace made 21 saves as Detroit beat Chicago 5-2 on Thursday for its seventh straight win. With the victory, Legace became the first goalie to win 10 games in a month.

"It's a great honor to be in the record book," said Legace, who in previous seasons shared Detroit's goaltending duties with Chris Osgood, Dominik Hasek and Curtis Joseph.

Besides leading the NHL in wins, Legace has two shutouts and a 1.81 goals-against average.

His strong start, though, isn't the only reason the Red Wings have been winning.

Detroit has scored an NHL-leading 47 goals, including 17 in its last three games. The Red Wings' offense is led by Henrik Zetterberg (14 points), Jason Williams (14), Pavel Datsyuk (13), Brendan Shanahan (12) and Mathieu Schneider (12).

Schneider had two goals in Thursday's win while Zetterberg and Shanahan also scored. Datsyuk had two assists to give him eight points in his last seven games against Chicago.

Detroit went 2-for-5 on the power play, and is converting 28.1 percent of those chances this season.

"We have so many threats on the ice (on the power play)," Schneider said. "Teams have to decide what they're going to take away. Tonight, we got some shots from the point through."

Detroit captain Steve Yzerman returned Thursday after missing four games because of a pulled groin, but defenseman Jason Woolley is still out with a groin injury.

If the Blackhawks want to end the Red Wings' winning streak, they'll need better play from Nikolai Khabibulin. The veteran goalie has a 3.90 GAA and .840 save percentage, both the lowest of his career.

The Blackhawks took a 2-1 lead Thursday on goals by Matt Ellison and Jaroslav Spacek, but the Red Wings scored four unanswered goals to send Chicago to its fourth loss in five games.

"We played OK at first," Blackhawks coach Trent Yawney said. "In the second we got away from our game and in the third we couldn't complete a pass."

Defenseman Adrian Aucoin returned for Chicago after missing two games with a groin strain, but the team is still without center Tuomo Ruutu (back), and left wings Kyle Calder (elbow) and Eric Daze (back).

These teams meet again Tuesday in Detroit, where the Blackhawks have lost five straight.

STANDINGS: Red Wings - 20 points, 1st place, Central Division. Blackhawks - 6 points, 4th place (tied), 14 PB, Central Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Red Wings - Datsyuk and Shanahan, 7 goals; Williams, 11 assists; Zetterberg and Williams, 14 points; Shanahan, 21 PIM. Blackhawks - Pavel Vorobiev, 5 goals; Tyler Arnason and Brent Seabrook, 7 assists; Vorobiev and Arnason, 10 points; Todd Simpson, 28 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Red Wings - Power play: 28.1 percent (20 for 71), 2nd in NHL. Penalty killing: 92.6 percent (63 for 68), 3rd. Blackhawks - Power play: 13.8 percent (10 for 72), 25th. Penalty killing: 78.7 percent (63 for 80), 22nd.

GOALTENDERS: Red Wings - Legace (10-1-0, 2 SO, 1.81 GAA). Blackhawks - Khabibulin (3-6-0, 3.90); Craig Anderson (0-1-0, 4.14).

SEASON SERIES: Red Wings, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Thursday; Red Wings, 5-2. At Detroit, Kris Draper added his first goal of the season and Robert Lang had two assists for the Red Wings.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Red Wings - 5-0-0 on the road; Blackhawks - 2-2-0 at home.

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