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Wild Warmup: Minnesota at Chicago

Minnesota has recorded points in 14 of its last 15 games

by Tyler Savitsky / Wild.com
The essentials

Who: Minnesota Wild (16-12-5) at Chicago Blackhawks (12-15-6)

Puck drop: 6:08 p.m. CT

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The Wild Warmup is presented by Bryant Heating and Cooling
 

ST. PAUL -- After a 4-1 win over Philadelphia at home on Saturday night, the Wild will have a quick turnaround as it heads to Chicago to face the Blackhawks on Sunday at the United Center.

The Wild got off to a slow start, giving up the game's first goal 94 seconds into the game, but after Zach Parise and Staal scored two goals in a 1:35 span in the first period, the Wild took control for the rest of the game.

Eric Staal scored two goals for the Wild against the Flyers, giving him a total of 999 points in his career. Only 88 players in NHL history have reached 1,000 points in their career.

Alex Stalock made 17 saves in the win, giving him a 9-4-2 record on the season.

Minnesota will head to Chicago, Las Vegas and Arizona for a three-game road trip, it's sixth three-game road trip of the season. It will be the last extended road trip for a while, as 18 of its next 22 games will be at Xcel Energy Center with no consecutive road games in that span.

The Wild will not be the only team suiting up for games on conescutive days when these two teams face off. The Blackhawks lost 4-3 in St. Louis on Saturday night after it held a 3-0 lead in the third period. The loss closed out a winless road trip for Chicago, where it went 0-3. It currently sits in 14th place in the Western Conference with 30 points in 33 games. 

Patrick Kane leads Chicago in goals and assists, recording 14 goals and 22 assists on the season. Alex DeBrincat, Dylan Strome and Jonathan Toews are the only other Blackhawks to have 20 or more points this season.

Corey Crawford and Robin Lehner have been splitting time in net for Chicago. Crawford started Saturday night's game, recording 34 saves in the loss. In 17 starts this season, Crawford is 6-9-2 with a 3.08 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage, while Lehner is 6-6-4 in 16 starts, allowing 2.86 goals against per game with a .926 save percentage.

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