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Wild Warmup: Minnesota vs. Chicago

Wild begins eight-game home stand on Wednesday against rival Blackhawks

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

Who: Chicago Blackhawks (32-17-5, 69 points, second place, Central Division) at Minnesota Wild (35-12-5, 75 points, first place, Central Division)

Puck drop: 7:10 p.m. CT

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

Listen: KFAN 100.3 FM

Follow: @mnwild; GameCenter


At the rink

After skating to a 4-2 victory in Winnipeg on Tuesday night, the Minnesota Wild will not skate Wednesday morning at Xcel Energy Center.

Here are the projected lineups:

WILD

Zach Parise - Eric Staal - Alex Tuch

Mikael Granlund - Mikko Koivu - Jason Zucker

Nino Niederreiter - Charlie Coyle - Jason Pominville

Chris Stewart - Erik Haula - Tyler Graovac

Ryan Suter - Jared Spurgeon

Marco Scandella - Matt Dumba

Gustav Olofsson - Christian Folin

Darcy Kuemper

Devan Dubnyk

BLACKHAWKS

Nick Schmaltz - Jonathan Toews - Richard Panik

Artemi Panarin - Artem Anisimov - Patrick Kane

Dennis Rasmussen - Marcus Kruger - Marian Hossa

Ryan Hartman - Tanner Kero - Jordin Tootoo

Duncan Keith - Niklas Hjalmarsson

Gustav Forsling - Brent Seabrook

Brian Campbell - Trevor van Riemsdyk

Corey Crawford

Scott Darling


The Opponent

In the midst of a six-game stretch of road contests, the Chicago Blackhawks enter Wednesday's game having won each of their past two games. The Blackhawks scored a 5-3 win in Dallas their last time out on Saturday, getting three goals over the final 10:01 of regulation to dig out of a one-goal hole midway through the third period. Chicago enters the game six points behind the Wild in the Central Division standings, but Minnesota has two games in hand. 


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.


Streaking against Chi-town

The Wild's current eight-game win streak against the Black­hawks is one game shy of tying the franchise-best nine-game win streak against a single NHL opponent, done twice, versus Arizona (1/24/06-11/13/08) and against Chicago (1/20/06-1/11/08). The streak is also tied for the fifth-longest active streak in the NHL versus a single NHL opponent (Elias Sports Bureau). Minnesota is 14-6-1 in its last 21 games against the Blackhawks with 12 of the contests being decided by one goal and five going to a shootout.

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