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Game 2 Preview : Defend The Home Ice

Chicago Blackhawks (1-0) vs Minnesota Wild (0-1) 8:30 PM Untied Center - Chicago, IL TV: CSN Chicago (NBCSN) Radio: WGN 720 AM

Jonathan Daniel

Series Review

Game Date Score W. Goal
7 May 12 '13
6 May 11 '13
5 May 09 '13
4 May 07 '13
3 May 05 '13
2 May 03 '13
1 Apr 30 '13 MIN 1 at CHI 2 - OT B. Bickell

The Blackhawks can take a 2-0 stranglehold on this series by defending their home ice tonight. It will be interesting to see what adjustments the Hawks have made to their plan of attack. They were not given much room in the middle of the ice, on Tuesday night, which prevented them from using their speed to their advantage. Dave Bolland and Ray Emery will both sit out Game 2, but they might make the trip to St. Paul.

Niklas Backstrom and Clayton Stoner, who were both injured on Tuesday, will make the trip back to Chicago, but it is unknown if they will play. If Backstrom, who is listed as day to day, can not go, Josh Harding will look to repeat his great performance from Game 1, where he made 35 saves in a losing effort. Jason Pominville did not make the trip back for Game 2.

Probable Blackawks 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 1-0 0.78 GAA, .963 save %, 0 SO

Injuries

Dave Bolland (undisclosed) OUT, Ray Emery (lower body) OUT

Leading Scorers

Player GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
M. Hossa 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0
B. Bickell 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1
J. Oduya 1 0 1 1 0 2 0 0
D. Keith 1 0 1 1 0 2 0 0
V. Stalberg 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
P. Kane 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0

Probable Wild lineup

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
Clayton Stoner - Tom Gilbert

Goaltender

Josh Harding 0-1 1.56 GAA, .946 save %, 0 SO

Injuries

Dany Heatley (shoulder) OUT, Niklas Backstrom (lower body) day to day, Clayton Stoner (undisclosed) day to day

Leading Scorers

Player GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
C. Clutterbuck 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0
C. Stoner 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0

WILD CATEGORY HAWKS
1 GP 1
0 W 1
1 L 0
1 OT 0
0 P 0
0 P% 1
1 G/G 2
2 GA/G 1
0 PP% 33.3
66.7 PK% 100
27 S/G 37
37 SA/G 27
50 FO% 50

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