Hawks look to take Game 2 against Wild

After a 5-2 win at the United Center on Friday night, the Hawks are looking to keep up their winning ways at home with another victory in a Sunday matinee matchup against the Wild.

 

Though the Hawks came away victorious in Friday’s game, they did so after being vastly outplayed in the second period, getting outshout 17-3 but managing to keep the game within reach before turning it on in the third.  They also lost teammate and playoff pest Andrew Shaw, who left in the first period and did not return to play.  The remaining Hawks will need to play a more complete game to keep up with a persistent Wild team.

 

For Minnesota, it was special teams that played a big role in their Game 1 defeat, as the Hawks went 2/4 on the power play and the Wild failed to convert on their three opportunities with the man advantage.  Despite outshooting the Hawks over the course of the game, the Wild’s inability to kill penalties cost them dearly, and they’ll need to pay more attention to details as they move on to Game 2.

 

Who’s Hot: Patrick Kane has hit the playoffs running and not looked back, scoring two goals in Friday’s game.  Bryan Bickell notched two goals as well...Zach Parise continued to produce for Minnesota with an assist in Game 1.  He currently leads the Wild with 11 points in 8 playoff games.

 

Injury Report: The Hawks might be without the services of Shaw (lower body) who’s day-to-day and who’s status for Game 2 is unclear... The Wild will be missing Jason Zucker (quadriceps), Keith Ballard (groin), Josh Harding (illness), and Niklas Backstrom (abdominal surgery).  Darcy Kuemper (upper body) is also out and still has not joined his team in Chicago.

 

Game info: 2:00 p.m. CT;  NBC, TSN, RDS

 

Location: United Center, 1901W. Madison, Chicago

 

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