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Preview: Blackhawks at Wild

Chicago goes for seventh straight road win; Matt Dumba game-time decision for Minnesota

by Jessi Pierce / Correspondent

BLACKHAWKS (36-18-5) at WILD (39-13-6)



Blackhawks team scope

The Chicago Blackhawks are 6-1-0 in their past seven games and will try to extend their road winning streak to seven games. Chicago, 18-10-1 on the road this season, defeated the Minnesota Wild 4-3 in overtime at Xcel Energy Center on Feb. 8. "I just think we're doing a good job of playing complete games," captain Jonathan Toews said. "When we get leads, we're not really giving teams a chance to get back in games. … We've really rolled four lines, and four lines have contributed in every single way, so when you have four lines sharing the burden and working as hard as they are right now ... I think it makes the team much more dangerous." Patrick Kane scored his 20th goal of the season against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday and is the first United States-born player in NHL history to score 20 or more goals in each of his first 10 seasons, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He has 33 points (15 goals, 18 assists) in 38 career games against Minnesota. "They're getting a lot of depth and a lot of scoring from everywhere," Kane said of the Wild. "Tough team, tough matchup, every time you're on the ice, no matter who you're against. It's always fun to play in this building and people eat up this matchup." Coach Joel Quenneville is one win away from 400 victories with Chicago. He has 837 in his NHL career.


Wild team scope

Defenseman Matt Dumba, who missed four games with a lower-body injury, will be a game-time decision. Dumba has 24 points (seven goals, 17 assists) in 54 games. "I think it still has to go through some more people [before I can play]," Dumba said. "I'm confident that I could, I guess that's up to them now." Minnesota, 15-4-1 in its past 20 games and 7-2-1 in its past 10 at home, plays its final game before a five-day break. The Wild are one point behind the Washington Capitals for first place in the League and lead Chicago by seven points for first place in the Central Division and Western Conference with a game in hand. "We certainly would like to keep the separation, there's no doubt about that," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "We watch the standings like everyone else. We think it's an important game. I just think when you're playing the best, you get up for it. It's one of those games that's a great challenge for your group and you're playing a team that's still won three Stanley Cups in the last seven years … You love to play in these kind of situations." Goalie Devan Dubnyk will start.


Blackhawks projected lineup

Nick Schmaltz -- Jonathan Toews -- Richard Panik

Artemi Panarin -- Artem Anisimov -- Patrick Kane

Dennis Rasmussen -- Marcus Kruger -- Marian Hossa

Ryan Hartman -- Tanner Kero -- Vinnie Hinostroza

Duncan Keith -- Niklas Hjalmarsson

Michal Kempny -- Brent Seabrook

Brian Campbell -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Corey Crawford

Scott Darling

Scratched: Jordin Tootoo, Andrew Desjardins

Injured: Michal Rozsival (lower body)


Wild projected lineup

Nino Niederreiter -- Eric Staal -- Charlie Coyle

Jason Zucker -- Mikko Koivu -- Mikael Granlund

Zach Parise -- Erik Haula -- Jason Pominville

Chris Stewart -- Tyler Graovac -- Jordan Schroeder

Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon

Marco Scandella -- Matt Dumba

Gustav Olofsson -- Jonas Brodin

Devan Dubnyk

Darcy Kuemper

Scratched: Nate Prosser, Christian Folin

Injured: Victor Bartley (arm)


Status report

Minnesota reassigned forward Alex Tuch to Iowa of the American Hockey League.


Who's hot

Toews has 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in his past 11 games. Keith has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in his past seven games and is one point away from 500 in his NHL career. Panarin has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in his past seven games. … Pominville has 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in his past eight games. Granlund has 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists) in the past 19 games. Koivu has six points (one goal, five assists) in his past four games.

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