Good morning, Chicago Blackhawks fans, and welcome to another game day. We have just 10 regular-season games left to watch featuring the Blackhawks, and one of them will be held tonight at the United Center. Chicago will look for its first win of the season against the Minnesota Wild, who have won the previous three meetings in this series, including a 6-1 Stadium Series thrashing last month.
Of course, Wild fans probably take that as some kind of vindictive experience, but the fact remains the Wild are one point out of the second wild card spot. That’s not to mention the three consecutive playoff series Minnesota has lost to Chicago over the past three seasons. So, yes, Wild fans, you can have your Stadium Series win.
The Blackhawks are coming off a 4-0 win in Winnipeg on Friday, snapping a four-game losing streak and giving them a little extra ground on the Nashville Predators, who are suddenly within five points of the Blackhawks. The Wild, meanwhile, will be on the second half of a back-to-back after upending Carolina 3-2 on Saturday.
This will be the first time the Wild and Blackhawks have met since the trade deadline, when the Blackhawks altered their roster in multiple ways. It could have a positive impact on this game from Chicago’s perspective, or the Blackhawks could continue to struggle against Devan Dubnyk and Co. We’ll see.
But what’s for certain is the Blackhawks are running out of time to get ahead of both Dallas and St. Louis in the Central Division standings. As of this morning, the Stars hold first place with 95 points, while the Blues sit at 93 and the Blackhawks at 90. The Stars and Blues both have one more game played than the Blackhawks, so it would behoove Chicago to take advantage of its game in hand today against a desperate but certainly not as good opponent.
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The assumption is Scott Darling gets another go while Corey Crawford continues to deal with his upper-body injury. The rest of the lineup will probably remain the same considering the team is coming off a win, which means Christian Ehrhoff, who could probably improve the Blackhawks’ woeful defense, will remain in the press box.
But enough about that. Let’s get to some morning links regarding the Blackhawks and NHL at large.
Good stuff from the Blackhawks and Wild. CBS Chicago
Family time is important. Chicago Blackhawks
Blackhawks South loves Frank Underwood. Instagram
How about “press box side?” CSN Chicago
Good job, Pacific Division. LA Kings Insider
Probably before the Maple Leafs. Sportsnet