Analysis

Chicago Blackhawks’ Eye On The Enemy: Minnesota Wild

By George Clifford
Mar 10, 2017; Sunrise, FL, USA; Minnesota Wild left wing Jason Zucker (16) and Florida Panthers defenseman Mark Pysyk (13) both battle against the boards during the first period at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 10, 2017; Sunrise, FL, USA; Minnesota Wild left wing Jason Zucker (16) and Florida Panthers defenseman Mark Pysyk (13) both battle against the boards during the first period at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 10, 2017; Sunrise, FL, USA; Minnesota Wild left wing Jason Zucker (16) and Florida Panthers defenseman Mark Pysyk (13) both battle against the boards during the first period at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 10, 2017; Sunrise, FL, USA; Minnesota Wild left wing Jason Zucker (16) and Florida Panthers defenseman Mark Pysyk (13) both battle against the boards during the first period at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /

Chicago Blackhawks looking to end two-game skid as they host the Minnesota Wild in season series finale

In a Western Conference heavyweight showdown at United Center, the Chicago Blackhawks will be looking to grab two huge points Sunday morning in the season series finale against the division-leading Minnesota Wild. The Blackhawks return to UC with a season record of 42-20-5 and three points behind Minnesota after back-to-back losses against the Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings snapped both their seven-game win streak and franchise-record eight consecutive wins on the road.

For this week’s Eye on the Enemy, we reached out to our FanSided colleague Danny Lambert, editor of Puck Gone Wild, for some insight to how the Minnesota Wild are playing as the season heads into the stretch.

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Getting Wild in the Windy City

For their part, the Wild have lost three of their last five games, but roll into the Windy City off a high-scoring 7-4 win at the Florida Panthers. The Wild are a deeply talented hockey club, featuring high-powered scoring, tight-fisted defense, Vezina-quality goaltending, and superior special teams that consistently rank among the league’s best.

And by picking up veterans Martin Hanzal and Ryan White from Arizona at the trade deadline, Minnesota is an even more formidable opponent, determined to make a deep run into the playoffs.

So with that preamble, let’s turn to a Minnesota fan’s perspective.

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