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


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 2 @ CHI 1                   Ryan Suter

2/10       CHI @ MIN         


Team Leaders

Blackhawks                                                        Wild

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

FORWARDS

Alex DeBrincat - Jonathan Toews - Anthony Duclair

Ryan Hartman - Artem Anisimov - Patrick Kane

Brandon Saad - Nick Schmaltz - Tommy Wingels

Lance Bouma - David Kampf – Vinnie Hinostroza

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS

Duncan Keith - Jordan Oesterle

Erik Gustafsson - Brent Seabrook

Carl Dahlstrom – Connor Murphy

GOALTENDER

Jeff Glass (3-4-3, 3.12 GAA, .908 save %, 0 SO)

INJURY REPORT

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


Probable Wild Lineup

FORWARDS

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

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS

Ryan Suter - Jared Spurgeon

Gustav Olofsson - Mathew Dumba

Mike Reilly - Nate Prosser

GOALTENDER

Devan Dubnyk (21-10-4, 2.68 GAA, .916 save %, 3 SO)

INJURY REPORT

D-Jonas Brodin (hand) out

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