Preview/Game Thread: Blackhawks at Wild


Chicago Blackhawks (2-0-1) at Minnesota Wild (0-1-1)

7pm Central

Xcel Energy Center





Cam Ward (.843 save%, 4.63 GAA)


Devan Dubnyk (.963 save%, 1.45 GAA)


Team statistics:

Power play

Chicago (0.0%)

Minnesota (0.0%)

Penalty kill

Chicago (63.6%)

Minnesota (83.3%)

Shots for/against per game

Chicago (34.7, 29.7)

Minnesota (25.5, 41.0)


Chicago (14.4%)

Minnesota (3.9%)


Chicago (47.0%)

Minnesota (52.7%)

Avg. height/weight:


6’1”, 196


6’1” 203




Debrincat – Toews – Kahun

Saad – Schmaltz – Kane

Kunitz – Anisimov – Fortin

Hayden – Kruger – Kampf

Keith – Jokiharju

Gustafsson – Seabrook

Manning – Rutta


Eriksson Ek – Staal – Zucker

Parise – Koivu – Granlund

Niederreiter – Greenway – Coyle

Foligno – Hendricks – Fehr

Suter – Dumba

Brodin – Spurgeon

Seeler – Pateryn



The Chicago Blackhawks look to stay undefeated on the road, meanwhile, the Minnesota Wild are winless through two games.

Defense and goaltending have been a struggle for the Blackhawks. Despite scoring fifteen goals, the team sits +1 in goal differential. Winning high scoring affairs every night is difficult to sustain.

Cam Ward starts his fourth consecutive game. Ward’s record should not overshadow the fact he has played poorly. A game without an easy goal and a consistent effort is needed.

The Wild have struggled to put the puck in the net. Goaltender Devan Dubnyk has kept them in both games with his stellar play.

This will be a good early season match-up between two Central Division rivals.

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    Ray Napientek

    Chicago Blackhawks (2-0-1) at Minnesota Wild (0-1-1) 7pm Central Xcel Energy Center TV/Radio: FSN, FS-WI, WGN/WGN   Goalies: Chicago Cam Ward (.8
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    Alan Parsons

    Sitting Johnson, who doesnt look like he belongs anyway, in favor of Kampf on the 4th line is a good thing.  Starting Fortin on the 3rd will give that line some speed.  The question is, how much of a boat anchor will those other two goofs be for the speedy Fortin.

    I really like this lineup, its much better than the previous 3 games.   Except for Cam Ward. He still sucks.  He can make saves, but not enough of them.  And his 5 hole is gaping.



    Would like to see more from Saad

    Jeff Osborn

    aaaaand here the come back!

    @PuckinHostile on Twitter

    Alan Parsons

    But Ward made that one save that one time.

    Alan Parsons

    Fortin has shown more in his first few shifts than Johnson did in 3 games.   Fortin looks like the fastest guy in the league.   Wow does he look fast.

    Alan Parsons

    wet fart

    Alan Parsons

    This team needs Connor Murphy back, BADLY.   And hell, even Forsling.  Both of those guys are better than Rutta and Manning.  When Murphy comes back, they should get a big boost on D.

    And they need to put Forsberg in net for at least 2 games.   That aint happening though.


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