Jan 8, 2015; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (88) celebrates his goal with forward Andrew Shaw (65) during the first period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Guess who’s back? Yes, for the second time in less than a week the Chicago Blackhawks will be facing off against their divisional rival the Minnesota Wild but this time it will be on home ice at the United Center. This past week the Wild really had the better of the play but a Bryan Bickell snipe gave the Hawks the cushion they needed to put away another W in the win column.
The Blackhawks then went to Edmonton and laid an egg against the worst team in the NHL while the Wild have been in full crisis mode since Mike Yeo’s blow up during practice on Wednesday.
The Wild need to start picking up 2 points a night because they are starting to fall further and further away from that Wild Card Line Bubble while teams like the Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars are also starting to find their games and will be making a push for the same spot.
The Blackhawks have four days off after this game to rest up so look for the entire arsenal to be on full attack from the opening faceoff. Here is the viewing information for tonight’s game against the Wild
Game Time– 7pm
TV Listings– WGN, NBCSN
Radio Listings– WGN Radio
Live Streaming– NBC Live Extra
Radio Streaming– WGN Radio App
Now on to the prediction part of the program, I missed a prediction for Friday night’s game (thankfully) but did manage to get the score right the last time the Wild and Hawks got together when I predicted a 4-2 win for the Blackhawks so I will chalk that one up as a victory.
The word for tonight’s game from Joel Quenneville will most likely be pace and the Hawks didn’t have pace in their game Friday night and quite honestly looked sluggish and uninterested for long stretches of the game.
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So I’m looking for a fast game with plenty of Chelsea Dagger being played at the United Center so I’m going with a 5-2 Hawks win with Marian Hossa picking up a goal and Patrick Kane getting one more goal to put him at career goal #199 for his career.
How will you be watching tonight’s game and what is your prediction for this Central Divisional showdown? Please drop by our comments section before the game and let us know what your prediction is for tonight and we will see who comes the closest!