game 3 preview
WILD VS. CHICAGO • 2 P.M. • XCEL ENERGY CENTER • CH. 11, 100.3-FM
In a best-of-seven series, the Game 2 winner has gone on to win the series 86.7 percent (280-43) of the time in NHL history. The Blackhawks are 19-2 all-time when leading 2-0. … Chicago’s Patrick Sharp has 25 goals in 66 playoff games, and RW Patrick Kane has 55 points in 53 playoff games. … Wild first-liners Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu have no points. … RW Devin Setoguchi has 15 goals in 50 playoff games, including three overtime goals. … C Matt Cullen has 38 points in 65 games. … G Josh Harding is expected to make his third consecutive start.
Forward lines: Brandon Saad—Jonathan Toews—Marian Hossa; Patrick Sharp—Michal Handzus—Patrick Kane; Bryan Bickell—Andrew Shaw—Vitkor Stalberg; Brandon Bollig—Marcus Kruger—Michael Frolik.
Defensive pairs: Duncan Keith—Niklas Hjalmarsson; Nick Leddy—Brent Seabrook; Michal Rozsival—Johnny Oduya.
Goalies: Corey Crawford, Henrik Karlsson.
Injuries: Blackhawks C Dave Bolland (groin) and G Ray Emery (lower body) are out.
Forward lines: Zach Parise-Mikko Koivu-Charlie Coyle; Jason Zucker-Matt Cullen-Devin Setoguchi; Cal Clutterbuck-Kyle Brodziak-Pierre-Marc Bouchard; Mike Rupp-Zenon Konopka-Torrey Mitchell. Extra: Stephane Veilleux will likely be recalled and may play in place of Rupp or Konopka.
Defensive pairs: Ryan Suter-Jonas Brodin; Marco Scandella-Jared Spurgeon; Justin Falk-Tom Gilbert. Extras: Brett Clark and Nate Prosser.
Goalies: Josh Harding, Darcy Kuemper.
Injuries: Wild G Niklas Backstrom (lower body), D Clayton Stoner (upper body), LW Mike Rupp (knee) and C Zenon Konopka (foot) are questionable. RW Jason Pominville (head) is doubtful. RW Dany Heatley (shoulder) is out.