Hawks look to rebound in Game 4
The Hawks and Wild will face off in a Game 4 that could could be classified as a ‘must-win’ for either team. While this isn’t a Game 7 scenario, a win for either team could change the momentum of the series.
The Hawks still hold the series lead at 2-1, but they fell flat in their first road game against the Wild, failing to get a single puck past netminder Ilya Bryzgalov. They’ll need to step up their offense and play a higher-paced game to take a road game. If the Hawks go back to the United Center with the series tied, it’s not the end of the world, but a dominant game in the Wild’s own building could be invaluable and give Chicago a real confidence boost.
The Wild have more at stake in this game, as a loss will put them in a 3-1 hole going back to the Madhouse on Madison. They successfully stymied the Hawks by clogging up the neutral zone and turning on their offense in the third period. A win for the Wild would keep the momentum going as they head back to Chicago for a Game 5, and this could prove to be the most important game for the Wild in the series if that is the case.
Who’s Hot: For the Wild, Mikael Granlund notched two goals in the last contest, and star forward Zach Parise notched his first goal in the second round in a two point effort...the Hawks were held scoreless in Tuesday’s game, but Marian Hossa leads the Hawks with six points (1 G, 5 A) in three games so far in Round 2.
Injury Report: Andrew Shaw is a game time decision for the Hawks, who are otherwise healthy....the Wild will be without Jason Zucker (quadricep), Josh Harding (illness), and Niklas Backstrom (abdominal surgery).
Game info: 8:30 p.m. CT; NBCSN, TSN, RDS
Location: Xcel Energy Center, 199 Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul