Nearly three months into the season, the Blackhawks (21-9-1) will welcome Central division rivals Minnesota Wild to the United Center for the first time this year. The two teams haven't met since the Blackhawks knocked the Wild out of the second round of the 2014 playoffs.
The Wild (16-11-1) have lurked in the middle of the Western standings all season. They currently sit at 10th, two places and three points outside of a wild card berth. But they also have three games in hand over the LA Kings (7th) and the Winnipeg Jets (8th), who both have 36 points.
Minnesota has been all over the map this season in terms of performance. They opened the season with three shuto...
The Kings came into this game off of a 1-0 win over the St. Louis Blues that the Kings were severely out shot and out played but still managed to win thanks to goalie Jonathan Quick and this game was no different. This time Quick was able to stop 40 of 41 shots to keep the Kings riding the wave of his stingy goaltending.
Niklas Backstom was in nets for the Wild and played great but Jonathan Quick was just too much for the Wild coupled with their lack of being able to convert on the power play where they went zero for five. The Wild also were coming in having played relatively few games with a light schedule.
The Wild dominated play in the first period but it was the Kings who ...
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The Blackhawks are not used to being booed in their own building, but it happened tonight, after 20 minutes of poor play. It shook the team up, and led them to a win, after losing 2 consecutive game against the Wild in the second round of the playoffs. The Hawks are the first team, in this round, to get scored on first, and still win the game.
The Hawks and Wild were back in Chicago for Game 5. Andrew Shaw is still not playing, and Brandon Bollig has been suspended for 2 games after boarding Keith Ballard in Game 4. However, Peter R...
The Hawks are looking to regain their form with the help of their fans as the series now will be held in Chicago’s United Center. The Hawks are looking to wipe away their lackluster play in Minnesota and regain control of the series in this pivotal game 5 of the series.
Coming into game 5, though the series is even the momentum has shifted to the Minnesota Wild due more in part to the play of the Blackhawks. In Minnesota they were out hit, out shot and out drawn in the face-off circles not exactly a recipe for wins which sums up both losses. The Hawks also have not been winning many board battles.
The Wild also got a lift when Matt Cooke returned ...
In a surprise twist at the end of the first round of the playoffs, the Minnesota Wild dispatched the favorites Colorado Avalanche to advance to the second round, facing the Chicago Blackhawks. Last year, the Blackhawks were the ones to end the Wild’s playoffs hopes in the first round, and this year, they’re hoping to do it again.
And after this game, they’re 2 wins away from succeeding. The Blackhawks have taken Game 2 of the series, leading the Wild 2-0 as they all head to Minnesota to play Games 3 and 4. Another st...
We’re officially a week into the 2013/14 NHL playoffs and we’ve already seen our share of overtime dramatics, borderline hits, curious officiating, and Pierre McGuire. While every series has seen at least 3 games played, now is a good time to check in on what we’ve learned through week 1 of the dance and what we should expect over the next week.
In 2011, the Minnesota Wild gave the Blackhawks a gift: by beating the Dallas Stars in their final game of the season, it sent Chicago to the playoffs.
This past week, the Wild again secured the Blackhawks a playoff berth with a win. However, this time, Chicago was already sitting in a comfortable position; it was just a matter of clinching.
The two Central division rivals face off for the last time of the regular season on Thursday night at the United Center. Both teams are under .500 for their past ten games; the Wild have gone 4-4-2 and the Blackhawks have gone 4-5-1.
Chicago would like to get two points to keep their hope of home ice in the playoffs alive. ...