Hawks prepare to face Minnesota Wild

While the rest of the Central Division is either gaining ground or catching up to the Blackhawks (27-13-2) in the Western Conference standings. The Hawks will look to stem this tide but will be facing a Minnesota Wild team (18-17-5) who they just narrowly defeated a couple of nights ago and will be looking to reassert themselves against the Hawks.

The Wild will also have back Zach Parise in their line-up which should give their offense a lift. The one thing that has troubled the Wild all  year is their goalkeeping a trend which the Hawks are hoping continues. The Wild played yesterday and fell 3-1 to the Nashville Predators so they will also want to get back on the winning track.

The Blackhawks meanwhile are coming in off of a 5-2 thumping from the Oilers in Edmonton and are in the middle of an eight day game stretch but will have a 4day break in their schedule which will see the Predators and the Blues likely gaining more ground so it is imperative that the Hawks pick up two points in this one.

Statistically the Hawks are better in almost every category than the Wild but still can not take this team for granted a trend the Hawks seem to fall into at times.

Who to look out for:

The Minnesota Wild’s leading scorers are Jason Pominville, Zach Parise and Thomas Vanek. For pure goal scoring however Jason Zucker is a pure sniper and is very dangerous.

For the Hawks, Bradon Saad has been lighting up the opposition’s nets lately and Bryan Bickell seems to have found some regular season spark.

 

INJURY REPORT

Trevor Van Riemsdyk is on LTIR and out still recovering from surgery on his left patella that was fractured

Kris Versteeg is still out with hand injury

Keith Ballard is on IR with facial fractures

Mikael Granlund is on IR with wrist injury

Darcy Kuemper is on IR with lower body injury

Marco Scandella was out for the Nashville game

 

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