Game 3 Preview: Taking The Show On The Road

Jonathan Daniel

Chicago Blackhawks (2-0) at Minnesota Wild (0-2) 2:00 PM CST Xcel Energy Center - St. Paul, MN. TV - TV: CSN Chicago (NBC) Radio: WGN 720 AM

Series Review

Game Date Score W. Goal
7 May 12, 2013
6 May 11, 2013
5 May 9, 2013
4 May 7, 2013
3 May 5, 2013
2 May 3, 2013 5-2 P. Sharp
1 April 30, 2013 2-1 B. Bickell

Already in complete control of their first round series against the Minnesota Wild, the Chicago Blackhawks can end any hopes the Wild have of getting back into this series and pulling the upset. After the tightly contested affair that was Game 1 of this series, which the Hawks took 2-1 in overtime, the Blackhawks were able to get back to their style of game in Game 2, and the results were obvious as the Hawks trounced the Wild at the United Center by a 5-2 count.

Still out for the Hawks are Dave Bolland and Ray Emery. Each made the trip, but neither will be on the bench for Sunday's Game 3. On the injury front for Minnesota, Jason Pominville remains out, and Clayton Stoner did not skate on Saturday. Niklas Backstrom made the trip to Chicago on Friday, but did not play. His status for Sunday is still up in the air. If not, it will be Josh Harding for the third consecutive game.

Probably Blackhawks Lineup

Forwards

Brandon Saad - Jonathan Toews - Marian Hossa
Patrick Sharp - Michal Handzus - Patrick Kane
Bryan Bickell - Andrew Shaw - Viktor Stalberg
Brandon Bollig - Marcus Kruger - Michael Frolik

Defensive Pairings

Duncan Keith - Niklas Hjalmarsson
Brent Seabrook - Nick Leddy
Johnny Oduya - Michal Rozsival

Goaltender

Corey Crawford 2-0, 1.32 GAA, .945 save percentage, 0 SO

Injuries

Dave Bolland (OUT), Ray Emery (OUT)

Probable Wild Lineup

Expect some changes due to AHL callups (Jake Dowell, Mikael Granlund, Stephane Veilleux), but this is what the Wild ran with heading into Game 2...

Forwards

Zach Parise - Mikko Koivu - Charlie Coyle
Jason Zucker - Matt Cullen - Devin Setoguchi
Cal Clutterbuck - Kyle Brodziak - Pierre-Marc Bouchard
Michael Rupp - Zenon Konopka - Torrey Mitchell

Defensive Pairings

Ryan Suter - Jonas Brodin
Marco Scandella - Jared Spurgeon
Justin Falk - Tom Gilbert

Goaltender

Josh Harding 0-2 2.64 GAA, .929 save percentage, 0 SO

Injuries

Dany Heatley (OUT), Jason Pominville (OUT), Clayton Stoner (day-to-day), Niklas Backstrom (day-to-day)

WILD CATEGORY HAWKS
2 GP 2
0 W 2
2 L 0
0 OT 1
0 P 0
0 P% 1.000
1.50 G/G 3.50
3.50 GA/G 1.50
0.0 PP% 14.3
85.7 PK% 100.0
27.5 S/G 42.5
42.5 SA/G 27.5
48.2 FO% 51.8
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