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. ...