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Game 6 preview: Chicago at Wild

  • May 12, 2014 - 11:18 PM

Chicago at Wild • 8 p.m. • Xcel Energy Center • CNBC, 100.3-FM

Preview: The Wild, 5-0 at home, must win to force a Game 7 Thursday in Chicago. In the first round against Colorado, the Wild staved off elimination at home in Game 6 before rallying four times from one-goal deficits in Game 7 to advance to the second round. At home, the Wild has outscored Colorado and Chicago 16-5, averaging 3.2 goals per game, one goal-against per game, 19.2 shots allowed per game, a .211 power-play percentage and .937 penalty-kill percentage. The Blackhawks, who won 2-1 at home Sunday, are 0-2 in St. Paul this postseason.

Players to watch: Blackhawks RW Marian Hossa has nine points in five games this season and 15 points in 10 playoff games against the Wild the past two years. LW Bryan Bickell has seven goals in 10 playoff games against the Wild. He is tied for the league lead with six goals this postseason. G Corey Crawford has allowed eight goals in six home games this postseason but 17 in five road games. C Jonathan Toews has a league-leading four game-winning goals. Wild C Erik Haula has a point in four of five games this series. LW Zach Parise is second in the NHL with 10 assists and 14 points. G Ilya Bryzgalov has allowed four goals the past three games after allowing seven in Games 1 and 2.

Numbers: The Blackhawks have not lost a playoff game after a series has been tied 2-2 in the Toews/Patrick Kane era. They’re 13-0 in Games 5 and 6 in such series. … The Wild leads the NHL with 16 different goal scorers in the playoffs. … The Blackhawks are 6-0 when scoring first this postseason.

Injuries: Wild LW Matt Moulson (lower body) and D Keith Ballard (upper body) are questionable. G Darcy Kuemper (upper body), G Niklas Backstrom (abdominal surgery) and LW Jason Zucker (quadriceps) are out. G Josh Harding (multiple sclerosis) has been practicing daily with the team. Blackhawks F Andrew Shaw (lower body) is out.

MICHAEL RUSSO

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