The Blackhawks will travel to Minnesota to take on the Wild on Saturday in the second game of a back-to-back trip after a big 7-3 win over the Sabres on Friday in Buffalo.
Chicago, who is on a three-game winning streak, holds a 2-1 lead in the season series against the Wild. Both of Chicago’s wins in the season series have come under head coach Jeremy Colliton after the firing of Joel Quenneville. In fact, Colliton and Bears first-year coach Matt Nagy are both 2-0 against Minnesota in their careers.
With Cam Ward making 40 saves Friday, the Blackhawks will look to rookie Collin Delia for Saturday’s matchup. He made 46 saves in Chicago’s 5-2 win over the Wild on Dec. 27. In 10 games this season, he’s posting an impressive .923 save percentage and a 3.00 goals-against average.
Patrick Kane’s four-point performance Friday puts him at 25 points (nine goals, 16 assists) in his last 10 games. He became the youngest American-born player to record 900 points in NHL history in his hometown of Buffalo.
Kane, along with Jonathan Toews, lead the Blackhawks with a combined 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in three games against the Wild this season, with Alex DeBrincat and Brandon Saad combining for six points.
Saturday will be Minnesota’s second game off the All-Star break, having lost to Dallas 3-1 on Friday. They are also heading into the second half of a back-to-back, with backup Alex Stalock expected to be in net. Through 14 games, the goaltender holds onto a .894 save percentage and a 2.91 GAA.
Longtime winger Zach Parise leads all Wild skaters with 20 goals and 44 points, with Mikael Granlund not far behind at 42 points.
Veteran defenseman Ryan Suter has racked up 40 points against the Blackhawks in 74 career games, including four points coming this season.
Gustav Forsling picked up an assist on Drake Caggiula’s first goal as a Blackhawk on Friday after returning from an upper-torso injury, while Corey Crawford and Brendan Perlini both remain out with concussions.
Caggiula — Toews — Kane
DeBrincat — Strome — Kahun
Saad — Kampf — Kruger
Kunitz — Anisimov — Hayden
Keith — Seabrook
Forsling — Murphy
Dahlstrom — Gustafsson
Greenway — Staal — Coyle
Zucker — Koivu — Granlund
Parise — Rask — Aberg
Foligno — Fehr — Hendricks
Suter — Spurgeon
Brodin — Pateryn
Seeler — Hunt
How to Watch
When: 7 p.m. Central, Saturday
Where: Xcel Energy Center; Saint Paul, Minnesota