Chicago (20-33-9) at Detroit (42-15-5)

  • Game info: 7:30 pm EST Sat Mar 11, 2006
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The Detroit Red Wings look for their sixth straight win over the Chicago Blackhawks, and seventh in a row in the series at Joe Louis Arena when the teams meet for the fifth time this season.

Detroit has outscored the Blackhawks 16-7 in winning all four meetings this season, and has won five straight in the series since a 3-0 defeat at Chicago on Dec. 28, 2003. The Wings have won six in a row against Chicago on their home ice since falling 2-0 on Nov. 5, 2002.

Detroit had its four-game home winning streak snapped with a 5-2 loss to Phoenix on Tuesday, but rebounded to rout Los Angeles 7-3 on Thursday.

“I thought we played better and with more intensity than we have been,” Detroit coach Mike Babcock said.

Henrik Zetterberg scored two goals less than one minute apart in the second period, and Nicklas Lidstrom added a goal and three assists to lead the Wings.

“I think I’m shooting a little more than last year,” said Zetterberg, who scored his team-leading 30th and 31st goals. “You have to shoot to score. You put it on goal more and it goes in.”

Zetterberg had 22 and 15 goals in his first two NHL seasons.

“I think that’s one thing that I didn’t do (shoot often),” he said. “In Europe I always looked to pass.”

Chicago goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin played for the first time since Jan. 20 on Thursday, but his return wasn’t enough to help the Blackhawks.

Khabibulin, who missed 12 games with a sprained left knee, made 22 saves as Chicago lost 2-1 to Colorado for its ninth defeat in 12 games. He also missed 10 contests earlier this season with a pulled groin.

“It felt great to get back out there,” Khabibulin said. “I didn’t feel 100 percent at the beginning, but I felt better as the game went on. I’ve only played a couple of times in the last 2 1/2 months, so everything seemed fast at first.”

Khabibulin has only seven victories in 24 starts against Detroit, and has a 3.69 goal-against average in losing all four meetings this season.

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