Preview/Game Thread: Blackhawks at Wild

  

Minnesota Wild (26–22–3) vs Chicago Blackhawks (19–24–9)

7:00pm CST

Xcel Energy Center

TV/Radio: NBC/WGN

PROJECTED STARTERS

ChicagoCollin Delia (4–2–3, SV%: .923, GAA: 3.00)

Minnesota Alex Stalock (6–5–0, SV%: .894, GAA: 2.91)

TEAM STATISTICS

Power Play

Chicago (19.9%, 16th)

Minnesota (21.3%, 11th)

Penalty Kill

Chicago (74.0%, 31st)

Minnesota (84.3%, 2nd)

Shorts for/against

Chicago (31.3, 16th; 35.2, 30th)

Minnesota (31.1, 20th; 29.3, 6th)

Shooting %

Chicago (9.9%, 12th)

Minnesota (9.0%, 23rd)

Faceoff %

Chicago (49.8%, 17th)

Minnesota (50.3%, T13th)

Avg. height/weight

Chicago 6’1”, 197lbs

Minnesota 6’1” 202lbs

PROJECTED LINES/PAIRINGS

Chicago Blackhawks

Drake CaggiulaJonathan ToewsPatrick Kane

Alex DeBrincatDylan StromeDominik Kahun

Brandon SaadDavid KampfMarcus Kruger

Chris KunitzArtem AnisimovJohn Hayden

Duncan KeithBrent Seabrook

Carl DahlstromConnor Murphy

Gustav ForslingErik Gustafsson

Minnesota Wild

Jordan GreenwayEric StaalCharlie Coyle

Jason ZuckerMikko KoivuMikael Granlund

Zach PariseVictor RaskPontus Aberg

Marcus FolignoEric FehrMatt Hendricks

Ryan SuterJared Spurgeon

Jonas BrodinGreg Pateryn

Nick SeelerBrad Hunt

Analysis

Following their win in Buffalo on Friday night, the Blackhawks venture to Minnesota to take on the Wild. The shining star of Friday’s game was hometown boy Patrick Kane. He registered two goals and two assists, bypassing the 900 point mark and cementing himself as the 5th all-time leading scorer in Blackhawks history, for now.

Gustav Forsling returned to the lineup after his extended absence, registering an assist on the opening goal by Drake Caggiula. It is likely that he will be playing more as a possible audition in case he is moved at the deadline.

The Blackhawks received outstanding goaltending from Cam Ward on Friday night. Collin Delia will likely start in net on Saturday night against the Wild. If Delia can provide similar goaltending to what Cam Ward provided on Friday, there’s a good chance the Blackhawks could steal both games of the back-to-back.

The Wild are coming into this game on the second half of their own back-to-back. The Wild lost on Friday night to the Dallas Stars, in Dallas, 3-1. New defenseman Brad
Hunt scored the lone goal for the Wild but the Stars had the last laugh and stole two meaningful points.

The Wild currently sit in the first wild card position after the loss to Dallas, who now leapfrogged the Wild for third in the Central division. The Wild will likely come out hungry for two points against the Blackhawks who sit only five points out of a playoff position, despite their rough season.

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