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Game 2 preview: Wild at Chicago

  • May 3, 2014 - 8:30 PM

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2 p.m. at Chicago • United Center • Ch. 11, 100.3-FM

Preview: The Wild’s first game nationally broadcast on NBC this season comes with the team trailing 1-0 in its best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal with the Blackhawks. The Wild rallied from 2-0 down in the third period of Game 1, but only 86 seconds after the Wild tied the score, Blackhawks star Patrick Kane struck with an act of wizardry. The Wild went on to lose 5-2. The Blackhawks have won 15 of their past 17 postseason home games dating to 2013, including five in a row.

Players to watch: Kane has a four-game point streak and is tied for the league lead with five goals. RW Marian Hossa has four goals and nine points in six career playoff games vs. the Wild. LW Bryan Bickell scored twice Friday and has five goals and an assist in six playoff games against the Wild. C Jonathan Toews has a five-game point streak. G Corey Crawford has won five in a row. He has a 1.98 goals-against average and .935 save percentage in seven playoff games this year. Wild LW Zach Parise leads the NHL with 11 points and has points in seven of eight playoff games. RW Jason Pominville has one empty-net goal in the playoffs. LW Matt Moulson also has one goal. RW Kyle Brodziak has three goals and three assists in the playoffs.

Numbers: Eighteen of the 52 games NHL playoff games have featured a team tying the game after trailing by multiple goals on at least one occasion. The trailing team holds a 11-7 record in those contests.

Injuries: Wild G Josh Harding (multiple sclerosis) is doubtful. G Niklas Backstrom (abdominal surgery), LW Matt Cooke (suspended) and LW Jason Zucker (quadriceps) are out. Blackhawks F Andrew Shaw (lower body) and F Kris Versteeg (ill) are questionable.

MICHAEL RUSSO

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