GAME: Chicago Blackhawks (10-20-7-4) at Minnesota Wild (14-16-11-0).
TIME: Wednesday, 8 p.m. EST.
The Chicago Blackhawks have improved their play at home. Unfortunately, 10
of their next 14 games are on the road.
Chicago will try to snap a 12-game road losing streak when it faces red-hot
Dwayne Roloson and the Minnesota Wild.
Two months have passed since the Blackhawks last won on the road, as Chicago
is 0-11-0-1 away from the United Center since a 2-1 victory at Nashville on
Nov. 7. In those 12 games, Chicago has been shut out three times and scored one
goal on three occasions.
Even a visit to Pittsburgh on Dec. 29 for a matchup against the Penguins --
the NHL's worst team -- couldn't help the Blackhawks solve their road woes.
Chicago couldn't even score against the league's worst defensive team, as
Sebastien Caron stopped 31 shots in a 1-0 victory.
While the Blackhawks continue to struggle on the road, they have gained
points in eight of their last 10 home games (4-2-3-1).
That success didn't carry over to Sunday, as Chicago gave up two shorthanded
goals in a 41-second span of the second period in a 4-3 loss to visiting
Alex Zhamnov, Deron Quint and Nathan Dempsey scored for the Blackhawks,
4-15-4-4 in their last 27 games.
After allowing six goals in his first four starts, Steve Passmore
surrendered four goals on 21 shots Sunday.
"They went hard for five minutes," Passmore said. "I didn't come up with
any big saves. I didn't play well and it's not acceptable."
One bright spot lately for the Blackhawks has been the play of Zhamnov, who
has two goals and an assist in three games since returning to the lineup. He
missed 35 games after undergoing surgery to repair a herniated lumbar disk Oct.
Minnesota's winless streak reached seven games with a 1-1 tie at St. Louis
Defenseman Andrei Zyuzin scored in the second period for the Wild, 0-2-5 in
their last seven.
Roloson was most responsible for getting the Wild a point, as he stopped all
17 shots he faced over the final two periods and overtime.
Roloson has allowed two goals or fewer in each of his last 10 games. His
.935 save percentage is second in the league.
"Every game we play we get one or two goals so there's a lot of pressure on
him," Zyuzin said. "He knows he has to stop pretty much every shot."
The Wild went scoreless on all five power-play opportunities Monday, and are
five for their last 70.