ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild will get their first crack at the Chicago Blackhawks since being swept out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season at Xcel Energy Center on Friday (8 p.m. ET; CSN-CH, FS-N).
Having been eliminated by Chicago in each of the last three postseasons, the Wild say their focus has moved to this game and they are looking at it as a chance to see how they measure up against one of the NHL's elite teams. Minnesota plays against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, but Wild coach Mike Yeo said he hasn't given a moment of thought to that game.
"All my focus has been on tonight," Yeo said.
Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk, who struggled out of the gate this season, has been better of late and said Friday will provide him with a stiff challenge.
"Just a difficult game. I don't look back to last year," Dubnyk said. "We're early in the season still and we're trying to build to what we want to do and how we want to play and get some wins along the way.
"If anything, you just approach it like a difficult game because it's always a good team over there. They always give a good challenge and we know we're going to have to be good."