Chicago Blackhawks 56 pts (24-22-8)
Minnesota Wild 64 pts (29-19-6)
7 p.m. CT
Xcel Energy Center – St. Paul, MN
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Radio: WGN 720 AM
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 2 @ CHI 1 Ryan Suter
2/10 CHI @ MIN
Patrick Kane, 53 Points Eric Staal, 49
Patrick Kane, 21 Goals Eric Staal, 24
Patrick Kane, 32 Assists Suter/Granlund, 28
It’s do or die, part 25 for the Chicago Blackhawks tonight. After another two days of hearing all the same clichés out of the Blackhawks locker room following another loss, they will wrap up the season series with the Minnesota Wild, who are eight points ahead of the Blackhawks.
The Blackhawks have played well against Minnesota. Even though they have split the first four games, the Blackhawks have outscored the Wild 9-8, with five of the Minnesota goals coming in the first meeting of the season.
The top six will remain the same as we saw against the Dallas Stars on Thursday, but the bottom six will have a different look. Lance Bouma will draw back in and join David Kampf and Vinnie Hinostroza on the fourth line. Patrick Sharp will head back to the press box.
Tommy Wingels, who was one of the best Blackhawks the last time out, will move up the third line with Brandon Saad and Nick Schmaltz.
Carl Dahlstrom looks like he will be making his NHL debut in St. Paul tonight. He will likely be paired with Connor Murphy.
Tonight’s goaltending matchup will feature Jeff Glass versus Devan Dubnyk. That sounds fun!
Probable Blackhawks Lineup
Alex DeBrincat - Jonathan Toews - Anthony Duclair
Ryan Hartman - Artem Anisimov - Patrick Kane
Brandon Saad - Nick Schmaltz - Tommy Wingels
Lance Bouma - David Kampf – Vinnie Hinostroza
Duncan Keith - Jordan Oesterle
Erik Gustafsson - Brent Seabrook
Carl Dahlstrom – Connor Murphy
Jeff Glass (3-4-3, 3.12 GAA, .908 save %, 0 SO)
RW-Marian Hossa (skin infection) out, D-Michal Rozsival (upper-body) out, G-Corey Crawford (upper-body) out
Probable Wild Lineup
Jason Zucker - Mikko Koivu - Mikael Granlund
Tyler Ennis - Eric Staal - Nino Niederreiter
Zach Parise - Matt Cullen - Charlie Coyle
Daniel Winnik - Joel Eriksson Ek - Marcus Foligno
Ryan Suter - Jared Spurgeon
Gustav Olofsson - Mathew Dumba
Mike Reilly - Nate Prosser
Devan Dubnyk (21-10-4, 2.68 GAA, .916 save %, 3 SO)
D-Jonas Brodin (hand) out