Preview: Blackhawks At Wild
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[May 13, 2014]
The Minnesota Wild attempt to stave
off elimination and remain perfect at home in the playoffs as they host
the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 6 of their Western Conference
second-round series on Tuesday. Minnesota truly has taken advantage of
home ice this postseason, winning each of its first five games at Xcel
Energy Center. The Wild fell behind 0-2 in each series but battled back
to even things up before dropping Game 5 on the road.
Minnesota looks for the same results against Chicago as it
produced versus Colorado in the first round, when it captured Game 6
at home before winning the deciding seventh game on the road. The
reigning Stanley Cup-champion Blackhawks have different plans as
they try to improve upon their 1-4 record away from home this
postseason. Captain Jonathan Toews put Chicago in position to
advance to the conference final with one more victory on Sunday,
when he scored his league-leading fourth game-winning goal just over
4 1/2 minutes into the third period.
TV: 9 p.m. ET, CNBC, TSN, RDS2
ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS: While Toews has had the knack for scoring the
decisive goal, Bryan Bickell continues to just produce in the
playoffs. The 28-year-old entered Monday with a share of the league
lead with six tallies in 11 games after scoring 11 times in 59
regular-season contests. This comes after Bickell followed a
nine-goal effort during the abbreviated 2012-13 campaign with nine
in 23 postseason games during Chicago's run to the championship.
ABOUT THE WILD: Minnesota hopes to have a pair of regulars back in
the lineup. Matt Moulson (lower body) and defenseman Keith Ballard
(upper body), who both missed Game 5, skated on Monday and will do
so again Tuesday morning before a decision is made on their status.
Rookie Erik Haula has scored six goals in 12 playoff games after
netting six in 46 regular-season contests.
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1. Chicago registered 28 shots on goal Sunday, marking the first
time in the series it eclipsed the 22-shot mark.
2. Wild LW Zach Parise leads the team with 14 points and has been
kept off the scoresheet in only three of his 12 postseason games.
3. Toews recorded six game-winning goals in 75 contests over the
first five postseasons of his career.
PREDICTION: Blackhawks 4, Wild 2
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