Heading into Game 1 of the best-of-7 series at United Center on Friday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports 2), the Blackhawks know what happens against the Wild when they play too carefree. They lost their last two regular-season games against Minnesota by a combined score of 5-1 and couldn't beat the Wild at their own suffocating game.
How important is patience this time around?
"Probably the most important word we'll use on a regular basis [in this series]," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "Patience in games is going to be important, but you still need pace to that and you have to play the right way. You can't get frustrated either by not scoring, not generating a whole lot, knowing that's what you try to do to them as well. But [the Wild are] very effective in the way they play and I think the history we have with them, that's an important word."