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Dubnyk of Minnesota eyes fourth straight win; Crawford aims to get Chicago on track

by Jessi Pierce / Correspondent

BLACKHAWKS (6-5-2) at WILD (5-4-2)

8 p.m. ET; FS-N, WGN, NHL.TV


The Game

The Minnesota Wild will look to win for the fifth time in their past seven games when they host the Chicago Blackhawks at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday.

Goaltender Devan Dubnyk will start for the Wild, 4-2-0 in their past six games after a 1-2-2 start to the season.

Dubnyk will attempt to win his fourth straight start; he's 3-0-0 with eight goals allowed in his past three starts, and is 11-7-0 with a 3.00 goals-against average and .912 save percentage in 21 career games against Chicago.

Goaltender Corey Crawford will start for the Blackhawks, 2-4-1 in their past seven games after a 4-1-1 start. Crawford is 6-4-1 with a 1.91 GAA and .941 SV% this season.


Players to watch

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has three goals in his past 11 games after having six points (two goals, four assists) in his first two games this season. He has 36 points (16 goals, 20 assists) in 41 career games against Minnesota.

Wild center Mikko Koivu has three points (one goal, two assists) in his past three games, and has won 143 of 246 face-offs (58.13 percent), ranking 12th in the NHL.


They said it

"Tonight it's not about going out there and making pretty plays against this team. You've got to really be patient, be smart, and limit what you give up and watch your turnovers because they really feed off that. We'll try and use that confidence we have going for us and make sure we play that simple, tough-to-play-against road game." -- Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews

"[Patrick] Kane, [Jonathan] Toews, [Brent] Seabrook, [Duncan] Keith, [Corey] Crawford; that doesn't change. They got the core of great players. They've got championship blood in them so when the going gets tough down there, they know how hard they have to play to bring it back up and they've done it for years. That's why they're great players." -- Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau on the Blackhawks


Blackhawks projected lineup

Alex DeBrincat -- Jonathan Toews -- Richard Panik

Brandon Saad -- Nick Schmaltz -- Patrick Kane

Patrick Sharp -- Artem Anisimov -- John Hayden

Lance Bouma -- Tommy Wingels -- Ryan Hartman

Duncan Keith -- Cody Franson

Jan Rutta -- Brent Seabrook

Michal Kempny -- Connor Murphy

Corey Crawford

Anton Forsberg

Scratched: Tanner Kero, Jordan Oesterle

Injured: Michal Rozsival (upper body), Gustav Forsling (upper body)


Wild projected lineup

Nino Niederreiter -- Eric Staal -- Luke Kunin

Jason Zucker -- Mikko Koivu -- Mikael Granlund

Marcus Foligno -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Chris Stewart

Daniel Winnik -- Matt Cullen -- Tyler Ennis

Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon

Matt Dumba -- Jonas Brodin

Kyle Quincey -- Mike Reilly

Devan Dubnyk

Alex Stalock

Scratched: Gustav Olofsson

Injured: Zach Parise (back), Charlie Coyle (fibula), Landon Ferraro (hip)


Status report

Forsling is day-to-day and may return against the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday.

Stat pack

Toews has three points (one goal, two assists) in his past eight games after having six points (three goals, three assists) in a five-game point streak to start the season. … Spurgeon has four points (one goal, three assists) in his past four games.

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