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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

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St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks have gotten off to a surprisingly fast start this season, but that's probably not enough to faze the equally impressive St. Louis Blues.

The Blackhawks look for their third straight win on Wednesday night when they host the Blues, who will be seeking their fourth straight victory.

Chicago (3-2-0) is coming off a thrilling 2-1 overtime win over Dallas on Saturday. Robert Lang deflected in rookie Jonathan Toews' shot with 1.5 seconds left in the third period, and Jason Williams scored a power-play goal 43 seconds into the extra session.

The Blackhawks, who already have defeated arch-rival Detroit twice, also have rallied in each of their wins. They erased a two-goal deficit to beat the Red Wings 3-2 on the road on Friday, but haven't had a three-game winning streak in the first month of the season since 2002.

Chicago won four of its first six games in 2006-07, but then lost seven straight as it missed the playoffs for the fifth straight season. Blackhawks coach Denis Savard, though, knows it's a long season.

"We got lots of hockey left," he said. "I'm glad we did it and got what we wanted, but we still got 77 games to go."

The Blackhawks converted a league-worst 11.8 percent of their power plays last season, and had been 0-for-10 with the man advantage in their first three games, but have gone 4-for-16 in their last two.

St. Louis, meanwhile, has killed 18-of-19 of its opponents' power-play opportunities.

Chicago goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin was rested Saturday after posting a 1.98 goals-against average in the Blackhawks' first four games. Khabibulin was 4-2-0 with a 2.01 GAA against the Blues last season, and is 15-13-0 with two ties and a 2.86 GAA lifetime against them.

He is 5-2-0 with a 2.07 GAA all-time against St. Louis at the United Center.

The Blackhawks went 5-3-0 against the Blues last season, and outscored them 13-5 in winning the last three meetings in Chicago. They have not won four consecutive home games over St. Louis since Nov. 17, 1991-Nov. 12, 1992.

On Friday, the Blues (3-1-0) scored three third-period goals to defeat Colorado 4-1.

St. Louis has outscored its opponents 13-5 during its three-game winning streak and is off to its best start since opening 7-1-0 in 1997-98.

Brad Boyes scored his team-high fourth goal and Dan Hinote added two tallies in the third period after being a healthy scratch in the previous two games.

"Obviously, when you're not playing, you don't feel like you're a part of the team," Hinote said. It was good to get the call. I was just trying to chip in."

Manny Legace made 24 saves and improved to 12-1-0 in his career against Colorado. That pushed his record this season to 2-1-0 with a 1.99 GAA.

Legace went 2-2-0 with a 2.08 GAA and a shutout against the Blackhawks last season - his first with St. Louis - and is 8-6-0 with a 2.26 GAA and two shutouts lifetime against them.

Paul Kariya leads the Blues with six points, all on assists. Last season with Nashville, Kariya had three goals and 10 assists in eight games against Chicago. The seven-time All-Star has 25 goals and 35 assists in 53 career games against the Blackhawks, recording his second-most points against any opponent.

2007-2008 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 29 '08CHI 4 at STL 3C. Adams
Mar 23 '08STL 3 at CHI 4 - OTP. Kane
Feb 19 '08CHI 1 at STL 5B. Boyes
Jan 16 '08STL 1 at CHI 6R. Bourque
Dec 01 '07CHI 1 at STL 3D. King
Nov 09 '07STL 2 at CHI 4R. Bourque
Nov 03 '07CHI 3 at STL 2P. Sharp
Oct 17 '07STL 3 at CHI 1B. Salvador
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