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PREVIEW: Blackhawks at Wild - Feb. 4, 2020

Chicago faces Minnesota for second time this season on Tuesday night in St. Paul

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

TIME: 7 p.m. CT
TV: NBCSN RADIO: WGN Radio 720 STREAM: NHL.TV & MyTeamsApp

The Blackhawks wrap up a two-game road trip to open February with their second meeting of the season against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night at the Xcel Energy Center in Minnesota. 


TEAM RECORDS

CHI: 25-21-6, 56 PTS (4th in Central)
MIN: 23-22-6, 53 PTS (7th in Central)


LAST TIME OUT

The Blackhawks earned a 3-2 shootout win over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night in the desert as Brandon Saad scored twice in regulation and Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews each converted their shootout attempts in the win. Corey Crawford made 40 saves en route to his 10th victory on the season. 

Minnesota lost 6-1 to the Boston Bruins on Saturday night at home as Mats Zuccarello scored the lone goal for the Wild in the loss. Devan Dubnyk allowed six tallies on 34 shots on the night. 

In the lone previous meeting between Central Division foes on Dec. 15, Chicago took a 5-3 win at the United Center as Kane scored a hat trick and Robin Lehner made 23 saves.

Video: Colliton on matchup vs. MIN


LINEUP NOTES

Crawford will start in goal for the second straight game with the same lineup as Saturday's win in Arizona. Forward Matthew Highmore and the newly-acquired Nick Seeler will be the healthy scratches. 

Chicago did not take line rushes in Tuesday's optional morning skate, but here are the lines they worked with on Monday in practice: 

Kubalik - Toews - Caggiula
Saad - Dach - Kane
DeBrincat - Kampf - Strome
Nylander - Carpenter - Smith

Keith - Boqvist
Gustafsson - Murphy
Maatta - Koekkoek


HAWKS IN THE WILD

The Blackhawks went 3-0-1 last season against their divisional rival with Towes scoring eight points (2G, 6A) in four outings. Chicago is 6-2-1 overall in their last nine meetings with Minnesota. 

Video: Dach on productivity


ROAD WARRIORS

With Saturday's victory in Arizona, Chicago has won eight of their last nine games away from the United Center dating back to Dec. 19. In those games, the Blackhawks are averaging 4.00 goals per game, a total that is fifth in the league.

Since Nov. 8, the Blackhawks share second in the National Hockey League lead with 26 points on the road, while their 12 road victories over that span are second in the league.

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