Chicago Blackhawks 48 pts (21-15-6)

vs

Minnesota Wild 48 pts (22-17-4)

7:30 p.m. CT

United Center – Chicago, IL

TV: NBCSN

Radio: WGN 720 AM, WRTO 1200 AM (Spanish broadcast)


Season Series/Schedule

Date      Game                                    GWG

10/12     MIN 5 @ CHI 2                   Jason Zucker

11/4       CHI 2 @ MIN 0                   Artem Anisimov

12/17     MIN 1 @ CHI 4                   Patrick Kane

1/10       MIN @ CHI

2/10       CHI @ MIN         


Team Leaders

Blackhawks                                                        Wild

Patrick Kane, 45                                Points                   Eric Staal, 37

Patrick Kane, 18                                Goals                   Eric Staal, 18

Patrick Kane, 27                                Assists                 Ryan Suter, 22


The Chicago Blackhawks did not get much time to celebrate their 8-2 win at the Ottawa Senators last night as they are right back in action this evening.  For the second straight Wednesday, the Blackhawks will be on national television, this time against their division rivals, the Minnesota Wild.

The Blackhawks have three big home games before they enjoy their bye week. After the Wild tonight, they will host the first place Winnipeg Jets on Friday and the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday afternoon.

Even though it is early January, tonight’s game should have the feel of a late-April game.  Both teams enter tonight’s game with 48 points, but the Blackhawks have the tie-breaker for the final Western Conference wild card spot because they have one more regulation/overtime win than Minnesota.

The Wild played last night as well, with a 3-2 loss to the Calgary Flames in overtime.  Alex Stalock played last night, so we will see Devan Dubnyk tonight who missed the previous meeting with the Blackhawks due to injury.

Anton Forsberg should start again tonight for the Blackhawks.  He had a pretty light workload in Ottawa last night, facing just 27 total shots.

Bob McKenzie reported earlier today that Brent Seabrook is expected to be back in the lineup tonight.  Joel Queeneville has a couple of options.  He can scratch Michal Kempny and move Connor Murphy back to the left.  Or he can sit both Gustav Forsling and Jan Rutta and pair Seabrook with Erik Gustafsson, who he played next to back in the 2015-16 season.


Probable Blackhawks Lineup

FORWARDS

Brandon Saad - Jonathan Toews - Vinnie Hinostroza

Ryan Hartman - Nick Schmaltz - Patrick Kane

Patrick Sharp - David Kampf - Alex DeBrincat

Lance Bouma - Tommy Wingels - Richard Panik

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS

Duncan Keith - Jordan Oesterle

Gustav Forsling - Jan Rutta

Connor Murphy – Brent Seabrook

GOALTENDING

Anton Forsberg (3-5-3, 3.00 GAA, .910 save %, 0 SO)

INJURY REPORT

RW-Marian Hossa (skin infection) out, D-Michal Rozsival (upper-body) out, G-Corey Crawford (upper-body) out, C-Artem Anisimov (upper-body) out


Probable Wild Lineup

FORWARDS

Jason Zucker - Mikko Koivu- Mikael Granlund

Zach Parise - Eric Staal - Tyler Ennis

Joel Eriksson Ek - Charlie Coyle - Chris Stewart

Marcus Foligno - Matt Cullen - Daniel Winnik

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS

Ryan Suter - Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin - Mathew Dumba

Mike Reilly - Nate Prosser

GOALTENDER

Devan Dubnyk (15-9-2, 2.72 GAA, .916 save %, 3 SO)

INJURY REPORT

RW-Nino Niederreiter (lower-body) day-to-day

Source: lineups via Daily Faceoff & Left Wing Lock
Image Credit: AP