WILD (16-12-5) at BLACKHAWKS (12-15-6)
7 p.m. ET; NHLN, NBCSCH, FS-N, FS-WI, NHL.TV
Eric Staal looks to get his 1,000th NHL point when the Minnesota Wild visit the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Sunday.
The forward scored two goals in the Wild's 4-1 home win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday to pull within one point of the milestone. He has three goals and one assist in his past two games.
Minnesota is 10-1-4 in its past 15 games as it begins a three-game road trip. Wild coach Bruce Boudreau needs one win to pass Marc Crawford (556) for sole possession of 22nd place on the NHL coaching wins list.
The Blackhawks are 0-3-1 in their past four games and 3-8-2 in their past 13 after a 4-3 loss at the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.
Minnesota is 1-2 in the second game of a back to back this season while Chicago is 5-1.
Players to watch
Wild forward Zach Parise has 13 points (nine goals, four assists) in his past 15 games. He is on a five-game point streak (two goals, four assists) against Chicago.
Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews has two goals and four assists in his past four games. He led Chicago with eight points (two goals, six assists) in four games against Minnesota last season.
They said it
"I think everyone's just buying in. We feel comfortable now. The new guys, usually it takes a few games, 20 games or so, to get used to the system and get used to playing with each other. Guys are doing pretty good now." -- Wild defenseman Ryan Suter
"We got to find a way under pressure to do the right thing every time and not put ourselves in a position where we give up those huge opportunities when the game is on the line." -- Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton
Wild projected lineup
Jason Zucker -- Eric Staal -- Mats Zuccarello
Zach Parise -- Ryan Donato -- Kevin Fiala
Jordan Greenway -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Luke Kunin
Marcus Foligno -- Victor Rask -- Ryan Hartman
Ryan Suter -- Matt Dumba
Carson Soucy -- Jonas Brodin
Brennan Menell -- Brad Hunt
Scratched: Devan Dubnyk, Gerald Mayhew, Nick Seeler
Injured: Mikko Koivu (lower body), Greg Pateryn (lower body), Jared Spurgeon (upper body)
Blackhawks projected lineup
Dominik Kubalik -- Jonathan Toews -- Brandon Saad
Alex DeBrincat -- Dylan Strome -- Patrick Kane
Zack Smith -- David Kampf -- Ryan Carpenter
Alex Nylander -- Kirby Dach -- Matthew Highmore
Erik Gustafsson -- Connor Murphy
Dennis Gilbert -- Brent Seabrook
Olli Maatta -- Adam Boqvist
Scratched: Slater Koekkoek, Dylan Sikura
Injured: Drake Caggiula (concussion protocol), Calvin de Haan (right shoulder), Duncan Keith (groin), Andrew Shaw (concussion protocol)
Neither team held a morning skate. … Eriksson Ek was injured in the second period and did not play in the third Saturday. … Dubnyk, Spurgeon and Koivu are on the Wild's road trip.
Lehner is 0-2-1 in his past three starts against the Wild. … Fiala has 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in the past 20 games. … Minnesota is 0-for-18 on the power play in its past six games.