The Chicago Blackhawks are back at it in United Center tonight. The Hawks with home ice advantage are lethal in the playoffs, and they are hoping to carry that over into this series against the Minnesota Wild especially after an exiting Game #1 where the Hawks had a three goal lead, lost a three goal lead, and then finally won the game on a soft goal from Teuvo Teravainen.
The Chicago Blackhawks are now looking to take both games at home before heading to the Xcel Energy Center for Games #3 and #4. The Blackhawks defense will be the ones that will be tested the most in Game #2, they were burned in the second period for not being aggressive enough and sitting back letting the Wild take the game to them.
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The offense has shown up in these playoffs which will be a huge factor the entire series not letting Devan Dubnyk and the Minnesota Wild defense dictate the style of play each game. The Brandon Saad early goal really changed the game plan for the Wild which will be something the Chicago Blackhawks will be looking to do again tonight so that the ice doesn’t bog down.
The Chicago Blackhcawks lineup will not change for tonight’s game with Kris Versteeg not even making the morning skate. Versteeg has been ruled day to day, but Joel Quenneville doesn’t change his lineup after a win so even if Versteeg was healthy I don’t think he would be in the lineup either way. Teuvo wasn’t fantastic but he does things that Versteeg doesn’t do which is keeping it simple and straightforward while keeping the puck instead of just dumping the puck every possession.
The game is huge to keep home ice advantage before the scene shifts to Minnesota. Here is the viewing information for tonight’s game from the United Center.
Game Time- 7:30pm
TV Listing- NBCSN (Note, Game #1 went to NHL Network when the Tampa Bay Lightning/Montreal Canadiens Game #1 went to Overtime so be ready to switch channels if the early game goes to overtime)
Live Straming- NBC Live Extra
Radio Listing- WGN
Radio Live Streaming- WGN Radio App
What is your expectations for tonight’s game, and what is your confidence level heading into Game #2? The game should be fast and exciting and I can’t wait!
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