Preview: Blackhawks at Wild

  

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Chicago Blackhawks (6-5-2) at Minnesota Wild (5-4-2)

7PM Central 

RADIO: WGN 720

TV: WGN, Fox Sports North

 

PROJECTED GOALIES:

Chicago:

Corey Crawford (6-4-0, 1.91 GAA, .941 save%)

Minnesota:

Devan Dubnyk  (4-3-1, 3.03 GAA, .905 save%)

 

PROJECTED LINES/PAIRINGS:

Chicago 

DeBrincat-Toews-Panik

Saad-Schmaltz-Kane

Sharp-Anisimov-Hayden

Bouma-Wingels-Hartman

Keith-Franson

Rutta-Seabrook

Kempny-Murphy

  

Minnesota

Zucker-Koivu-Granlund

Niederreiter-Staal-Kunin

Foligno-Ek-Stewart

Winnik-Cullen-Ennis

Suter-Spurgeon

Brodin-Dumba

Olofsson-Reilly

 

STATISTICAL COMPARISONS:

Power play:

Chicago  13.6% (28th)

Minnesota  18.4% (15th)

Penalty kill:

Chicago  83.3% (9th)

Minnesota  81% (16th)

Corsi For % (5-on-5)

Chicago  48.7% (19th)

Minnesota  46.3% (276th)

Faceoffs:

Chicago  50.3%   (20thth)

Minnesota  50.7% (16th)

  

SUMMARY:

Both the Hawks and Wild have struggled to find their customary grooves this season.

In their last outing versus Philadelphia, the Hawks had a middling first period, before taking over the game in the second and much of the third periods. Suddenly, Chicago was looking again like the team that thoroughly dominated Eastern Conference powerhouses in the first two games of the season—although the Flyers don’t qualify as such.

The lineup remains essentially the same for Chicago tonight, as they try to maintain the brief, positive trend started versus Philadelphia.

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    John Jaeckel
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    Follow: @jaeckel  Chicago Blackhawks (6-5-2) at Minnesota Wild (5-4-2) 7PM Central  RADIO: WGN 720 TV: WGN, Fox Sports North   PROJECTED GOALIES: Chic
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    Apparently, all goalies are Vikings

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