WILD (43-17-6) AT BLACKHAWKS (42-20-5)
12:30 p.m. ET; NBC, TVA Sports, NHL.TV
Wild team scope
The Minnesota Wild are looking to increase their three-point lead over the Chicago Blackhawks in the Central Division and Western Conference by splitting the regular-season series. The Wild have won four in a row at United Center including a 3-2 victory on Jan. 15, their eighth straight regular-season win against the Blackhawks since 2014-15. "They're a great team," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "It makes it more difficult, that's for sure. What are you going to do? That's what they have. The other guys have come along, [Nick Schmaltz], [Ryan Hartman], these guys have come along. So, you have to deal with it if you want to get by them." Center Martin Hanzal will not play because of an illness. Goalie Devan Dubnyk, who replaced Darcy Kuemper to earn the win in the Wild's 7-4 victory at the Florida Panthers on Friday, will start. He needs one more win to set an NHL career-high with 37, which would tie the Wild record set by Niklas Backstrom in 2008-09.
Blackhawks team scope
Defensemen Johnny Oduya and Niklas Hjalmarsson will return to the lineup for the Blackhawks, who have lost back-to-back games (0-2-0) after a season-high seven-game winning streak. Oduya and Hjalmarsson didn't play in Chicago's 4-2 loss at the Detroit Red Wings on Friday after each returned from injuries in a 1-0 loss against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday. Michal Rozsival and Michal Kempny will come out of the lineup. Goalie Corey Crawford will make his fifth straight start for Chicago, which had moved to within a point of the Wild by winning 12 of 13 games (12-1-0). "We know it's a huge game, very meaningful for us," coach Joel Quenneville said. "The last two times we played them, it was almost a must-win for us to keep them within our sights, and it's a comparable approach here today. So, that should get everyone excited right from the outset, knowing that against them you have to have a purpose behind almost every shift."
Wild projected lineup
Nino Niederreiter -- Eric Staal -- Charlie Coyle
Jason Zucker -- Mikko Koivu -- Mikael Granlund
Zach Parise -- Erik Haula -- Jason Pominville
Chris Stewart -- Jordan Schroeder -- Ryan White
Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin -- Matt Dumba
Marco Scandella -- Nate Prosser
Injured: Martin Hanzal (illness), Christian Folin (upper body), Gustav Olofsson (upper body), Victor Bartley (torn triceps)
Blackhawks projected lineup
Nick Schmaltz -- Jonathan Toews -- Richard Panik
Artemi Panarin -- Artem Anisimov -- Patrick Kane
Ryan Hartman -- Tanner Kero -- Marian Hossa
Andrew Desjardins -- Marcus Kruger -- Jordin Tootoo
Duncan Keith -- Brent Seabrook
Johnny Oduya -- Niklas Hjalmarsson
Brian Campbell -- Trevor van Riemsdyk
Scratched: Dennis Rasmussen , Tomas Jurco, Michal Kempny, Michal Rozsival
Injured: Scott Darling (upper body)
Rasmussen is a healthy scratch for the fourth straight game. ... The Wild will go with the same lineup from Friday.
Kane has 22 points (14 goals, eight assists) in his past 15 games, including 11 points (nine goals, two assists) in his past seven. … Panarin has a point in six of his past seven points and has six points in that stretch (two goals, four assists). … Staal has five points (four goals, one assist) in his past five games, including two goals and an assist against the Panthers on Friday. … Koivu has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in his past 10 games with points in seven of them.