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Blackhawks @ Wild, Numerology

The Blackhawks head to St. Paul while missing a couple of familiar faces.

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Chicago Blackhawks (44 pts, 20-5-4) @ Minnesota Wild (37 pts, 16-8-5)

7 pm CDT, Xcel Energy Center - St. Paul, MN

TV : CSN Chicago, NHLN-US

Radio : 720 AM WGN

Blackhawks' last game : 3-4 L vs Stars

Wild's last game : 2-0 W vs Flyers

Enemy Territory : Hockey Wilderness

Season Series/Schedule

DATE SCORE W. GOAL
Apr 03 '14
Jan 23 '14
Dec 05 '13
Oct 28 '13 CHI 5 at MIN 1 S. Brookbank
Oct 26 '13 MIN 5 at CHI 3 J. Pominville

110 : The number of shots on goal by Patrick Sharp, the 5th most in the NHL.

34 : The number of 5 on 5 goals the Wild have allowed this year, the fewest in the NHL.

32 : The number of points (16 G, 16 A) scored by Patrick Kane, which has him tied for 3rd in the NHL.

28 : The number of points (4 G, 24 A) Ryan Suter has scored in 49 games against the Blackhawks, his most against any team.

19 : The number of goals the Wild have scored in the 2nd period this year, exactly half of what the Blackhawks have tallied in the 2nd.

14 : The number of Wild players who have a least one power play point this year.

11-3-2 : The Wild's home record this season.

10 : The number of career shutouts for Josh Harding in 144 career games.

8 : The number of wins the Wild have when being outshot, one more than they have when they outshoot their opponent.

2-0-2 : The Blackhawks' record on Thursday this season.

Probable Blackhawks Lineup (total guess)

Forwards

Patrick Sharp - Jonathan Toews - Marian Hossa
Brandon Saad - Kris Versteeg - Patrick Kane
Jeremy Morin - Joakim Nordstrom - Sheldon Brookbank
Brandon Bollig - Marcus Kruger - Ben Smith

Defensive Pairings

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

Goaltender

Corey Crawford (17-5-3, 2.43 GAA, .909 save %, 0 SO)

Injuries

Michael Kostka (broken foot) out, Nikolai Khabibulin (lower body) out, Bryan Bickell (lower body) out, Michal Handzus (illness) out, Andrew Shaw (undisclosed) out

Leading Scorers

PLAYER GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
P. Kane 29 16 16 32 -1 10 7 5
J. Toews 29 12 13 25 +10 14 2 0
D. Keith 29 1 24 25 +12 4 1 1
P. Sharp 29 11 13 24 +13 8 2 1
M. Hossa 24 11 9 20 +16 8 1 1

Probable Wild Lineup

Forwards

Zach Parise - Mikko Koivu - Jason Pominville
Nino Niederreiter - Charlie Coyle - Dany Heatley
Matt Cooke - Kyle Brodziak - Torrey Mitchell
Erik Haula - Zenon Konopka - Michael Rupp

Defensive Pairings

Ryan Suter - Jonas Brodin
Marco Scandella - Jared Spurgeon
Keith Ballard - Clayton Stoner

Goaltender

Josh Harding (14-4-3, 1.45 GAA, .939 save %, 3 SO)

Injuries

Mikael Granlund (concussion) out

Leading Scorers

PLAYER GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
Z. Parise 28 11 12 23 +6 18 6 2
M. Koivu 29 6 17 23 +3 14 0 2
J. Pominville 29 14 5 19 +3 8 4 4
N. Niederreiter 29 5 10 15 +7 16 1 0
R. Suter 29 0 15 15 -1 12 0 0