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Game 44 Preview And Open Thread: Blackhawks vs. Wild

Puck Drop: Jan. 11, 7:30 PM CST


Chicago Blackhawks
Record: 19-20-4
Points: 41
Place: 5th in Central, 14th in Western Conference
Power Play Percentage/Rank: 17.7%, 15th in NHL
Penalty Kill Percentage/Rank: 81.7%, 17th in NHL
Blackhawks Team Statistics

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Minnesota Wild
Record: 24-17-2
Points: 50
Place: 3rd in Northwest, 7th in Western Conference
Power Play Percentage/Rank: 19.7%, 5th in NHL
Penalty Kill Percentage/Rank: 83.7%, 11th in NHL
Wild Team Statistics

Hawks Lineup:

Offense
1st line: LW Kane - C Lang - RW Havlat
2nd line: LW Versteeg - C Sharp - RW Ruutu
3rd line: LW Bourque - C Perreault - RW Skille
4th line: LW Burish - C Dowell - RW Lapointe

Defense

1st pairing: Keith/Seabrook
2nd pairing: Hendry/Sopel
3rd pairing: Barker/Byfuglien

Goalie

Khabibulin

Scratches: Zyuzin (healthy), Koci (healthy)
Injured Reserve: Adams, Toews, Williams, Bolland, Wisniewski, Eager

Brent Sopel is back tonight on the blue-line for the Hawks, so there's some more good news on the injury front.

All I can say is, please get a freaking win Blackhawks.