The Chicago Blackhawks make their annual trip to the Land of 10,000 Lakes up 2 game to none tonight and will arrive in Minnesota trying to do something they haven’t done the previous two years and that is win Game #3 on the road at Xcel Energy Center.
The Chicago Blackhawks have lost Game #3 both times they have led 2-0 when heading to Minnesota. In 2013 they lost 3-2 in overtime to the Wild, and last year they were shut out in Game #3 4-0 and also lost Game #4 4-2, so even though the Chicago Blackhawks played pretty well in the first two games of the series nothing is guaranteed but the fact that Game #5 is at the United Center.
A couple of things are looking good if you are a Chicago Blackhawks fan. First off, the Wild tried to play to entirely different games in Games #1 and #2 and failed in both outcomes. They tried to play fast in Game #1 and were successful in getting pucks to Corey Crawford especially in the 2nd period, but in the end a fast track usually favors the Chicago Blackhawks stars.
In Game #2 they used the Barry Trotz trap game and tried to force the Chicago Blackhawks to be patient which is certainly not fun to watch, but in the end the Blackhawks were able to out wait the Wild and get enough goals to pick up the victory.
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The other thing that is working out nicely for the Chicago Blackhawks is the fact that they are beating Devan Dubnyk each game. Brandon Saad started the scoring in the second minute of the series and they have not let Dubnyk settle in and be as dominant of a goalie as he was during the regular season when he led the Wild from a below .500 team to the playoffs and a first round victory over the St. Louis Blues.
The Chicago Blackhawks seem to have found their sweet spot on Dubnyk and now will look to exploit it the rest of the way, almost in the same way a poker player learns a tell and just punishes that player hand after hand. The Hawks do tend to struggle in Game #3 away from the United Center so a change in that routine would be nice for this evenings game!
Here is the viewing information for tonight’s Game #3
Game Time- 7:00pm
TV– NBCSN, CBC
Live Streaming– NBC Live Extra
Radio Listings– WGN Radio
Radio Streaming-WGN Radio App
How will you be watching tonight?
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