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Wild Warmup: Minnesota at Chicago

Division rivals clash for the first time this season with first place on the line

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com
The Essentials

Who: Minnesota Wild (27-9-5, 59 points, first place, Central Division) at Chicago Blackhawks (27-13-5, 59 points, second place, Central Division)

Puck drop: 6:00 p.m. CT

Watch: NBCSN; Wild Watch Bar Locations; NHL.TV

Listen: KFAN 100.3 FM

Follow: @mnwild; GameCenter


The Opponent

The Chicago Blackhawks are coming off their most lopsided loss of the season, a 6-0 defeat at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night. Prior to the loss, Chicago had been riding a four-game winning streak, all at the United Center. The Hawks' four regulation losses on home ice this season are tied with Minnesota for fewest in the Western Conference and second-fewest in the NHL.


Connections

• Wild coach Bruce Boudreau played in seven games for the Blackhawks during the 1985-86 season.

• Wild goaltending coach Bob Mason skated in 41 games for Chicago during the 1987-88 campaign.


Hello, Old Friend

The Wild and Blackhawks will meet for the first time this season tonight. After going 5-0-0 against Chicago last season, Minnesota became the first NHL team to win every game in a season series of at least five contests against the Blackhawks since the Boston Bruins went 8-0-0 in 1938-39. Minnesota's seven-game win streak is its longest against Chicago since its franchise-best nine-game win streak (1/20/06-1/11/08). In the last 20 regular season meetings dating back to April 1, 2012, the Wild is 13-6-1, with 11 of the games being decided by one goal and five in a shootout.


At the Rink

Minnesota did not skate Sunday after securing a 5-4 win Saturday night in Dallas.

Here are the projected lineups:

WILD

Zach Parise - Eric Staal - Charlie Coyle

Jason Zucker - Mikko Koivu - Mikael Granlund

Nino Niederreiter - Erik Haula - Jason Pominville

Chris Stewart - Tyler Graovac - Jordan Schroeder

Ryan Suter - Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin - Christian Folin

Marco Scandella - Matt Dumba

Devan Dubnyk

Darcy Kuemper


BLACKHAWKS

Vince Hinostroza - Jonathan Toews - Marian Hossa

Artemi Panarin - Artem Anisimov - Patrick Kane

Ryan Hartman - Tanner Kero - Richard Panik

Andrew Desjardins - Nick Schmaltz - Jordin Tootoo

Duncan Keith - Niklas Hjalmarsson

Trevor van Riemsdyk - Brent Seabrook

Michal Kempny - Michal Rozsival

Corey Crawford

Scott Darling

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