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
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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:
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
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
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.
• 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.