11:30 a.m. at Chicago • United Center • Ch. 11, 100.3-FM
Wild gets another swing at Blackhawks
Preview: The Detroit Red Wings-New York Rangers game was booted off the national telecast for the final Central Division showdown of the regular season between the Wild and Blackhawks. The Blackhawks won each of their two visits to St. Paul in February after Minnesota won its eighth consecutive regular-season game against Chicago earlier this season. The Wild, three points up on the Blackhawks, has won four in a row in Chicago.
Players to watch: Wild G Devan Dubnyk will be looking for his career-high 37th victory, which would match the Wild's team record. RW Mikael Granlund leads with 22 goals and is the eighth Wild player in history to hit 40 assists. In Friday's victory at Florida, C Eric Staal hit 20 goals for the 10th time and 50 points for the 11th. RW Jason Pominville has 27 points in his past 26 games. Blackhawks C Jonathan Toews became the third Wild opponent in history to have five points against it in the previous meeting. RW Patrick Kane has 33 points in 39 meetings with Minnesota, while RW Marian Hossa has 26 points in 39 meetings.
Numbers: The Wild is 16-0 when Staal, coming off his 68th career three-point game, scores a goal. … In the past 44 games, the Wild has scored at least five goals 16 times and at least four goals in 20. … The Wild has 17 come-from-behind wins after only nine last season.
Injuries: Wild D Christian Folin (upper body) and D Gustav Olofsson (upper body) are out. Blackhawks G Scott Darling (upper body) is day-to-day.