|15||CHICAGO||-120||Ov 5,-120||-115||Ov 5,-120|
|16||MINNESOTA||+100||Un 5,+100||-105||Un 5,+100|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||15-4-0||+10.2||15-4||+10.2||9-10||3.6||29.6||2.0||26.3|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+2.6||4-1||+2.6||3-1||3.8||34.4||2.0||25.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||38||128||42||44||33||9||7||1197||10.7%||125||21||16.8%||208|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||19||69||26||20||19||4||4||563||12.3%||62||11||17.7%||106|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||19||6||6||6||1||2||172||11.0%||7||0||0.0%||26|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||83||23||23||33||4||5||995||8.3%||111||16||14.4%||139|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||38||11||11||14||2||3||500||7.6%||55||6||10.9%||63|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||10||2||1||6||1||1||125||8.0%||8||0||0.0%||15|
|CORY CRAWFORD (All Games)||23||22||580||535||92.2%||1||15-7||+5.9||15-7-0||+7||9-12|
|CORY CRAWFORD (Road Games)||14||14||333||309||92.8%||0||10-4||+5.2||10-4-0||+6||6-8|
|CORY CRAWFORD (Last 4 Games)||4||4||119||108||90.8%||0||2-2||-0.8||2-2-0||0||3-0|
|RAY EMERY (All Games)||18||16||414||381||92.0%||1||14-2||+10.4||14-2-0||+10||7-8|
|RAY EMERY (Road Games)||7||5||166||155||93.4%||0||5-0||+5||5-0-0||+5||3-2|
|RAY EMERY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||82||77||93.9%||1||3-1||+1.5||3-1-0||+2||1-3|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||13-5-0||+6.7||13-5||+6.7||7-8||2.7||30.3||2.2||26.4|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.2||2-3||-1.2||2-2||2.0||26.6||2.8||25.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||38||103||24||42||30||7||6||1081||9.5%||130||24||18.5%||176|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||18||48||12||17||14||5||3||546||8.8%||69||10||14.5%||83|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||10||1||6||2||1||1||133||7.5%||14||3||21.4%||16|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||97||32||32||31||2||2||1061||9.1%||119||21||17.6%||162|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||40||13||14||12||1||1||476||8.4%||59||8||13.6%||62|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||14||6||6||2||0||0||126||11.1%||14||4||28.6%||18|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (All Games)||32||31||849||775||91.3%||1||19-12||+6.1||19-12-0||+5||14-15|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Home Games)||16||15||411||376||91.5%||1||10-5||+3.6||10-5-0||+3||7-6|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Last 4 Games)||4||4||83||73||88.0%||0||1-3||-2.2||1-3-0||-2||1-2|
|MATT HACKETT (All Games)||1||1||33||28||84.8%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|MATT HACKETT (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MATT HACKETT (Last 4 Games)||1||1||33||28||84.8%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|JOSH HARDING (All Games)||4||3||61||54||88.5%||1||2-1||+1.2||2-1-0||+1||1-2|
|JOSH HARDING (Home Games)||3||2||34||32||94.1%||1||2-0||+2.2||2-0-0||+2||0-2|
|JOSH HARDING (Last 4 Games)||4||3||61||54||88.5%||1||2-1||+1.2||2-1-0||+1||1-2|
|DARCY KUEMPER (All Games)||5||3||117||108||92.3%||0||1-2||-1||1-2-0||-1||0-1|
|DARCY KUEMPER (Home Games)||1||1||31||29||93.5%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||0-0|
|DARCY KUEMPER (Last 4 Games)||4||2||87||80||92.0%||0||1-1||0||1-1-0||0||0-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: CHICAGO 3.12, MINNESOTA 3.09|
|3/14/2013||at COLUMBUS||2-1||W||0, -150||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/16/2013||at DALLAS||8-1||W||0, -140||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/18/2013||at COLORADO||5-2||W||0, -160||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/20/2013||at ANAHEIM||2-4||L||0, -105||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/25/2013||LOS ANGELES||4-5||L||0, -140||L||5 ov||O|
|3/26/2013||CALGARY||2-0||W||0, -175||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/29/2013||ANAHEIM||1-2||L||0, -150||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/31/2013||at DETROIT||7-1||W||0, -105||W||5 ov||O|
|4/1/2013||NASHVILLE||3-2||W||0, -175||W||5 ov||P|
|4/4/2013||ST LOUIS||3-4||L||0, -145||L||5.5 un||O|
|4/6/2013||at NASHVILLE||1-0||W||0, -130||W||5 ov||U|
|4/7/2013||NASHVILLE||5-3||W||0, -200||W||5 ov||O|
|4/9/2013||at MINNESOTA|| |
|4/14/2013||at ST LOUIS|| |
|3/14/2013||COLORADO||5-3||W||0, -150||W||5 ev||O|
|3/16/2013||at COLORADO||6-4||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||O|
|3/18/2013||at VANCOUVER||3-1||W||0, +130||W||5 ov||U|
|3/20/2013||at DETROIT||4-2||W||0, +115||W||5 ev||O|
|3/23/2013||SAN JOSE||2-0||W||0, -135||W||5 ov||U|
|3/25/2013||at DALLAS||7-4||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||O|
|3/27/2013||PHOENIX||4-3||W||0, -160||W||5 ov||O|
|3/29/2013||at DALLAS||3-5||L||0, +100||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/30/2013||LOS ANGELES||4-3||W||0, +105||W||5 ev||O|
|4/1/2013||ST LOUIS||1-4||L||0, -125||L||5 ev||P|
|4/3/2013||at SAN JOSE||2-4||L||0, +130||L||5 ov||O|
|4/4/2013||at LOS ANGELES||0-3||L||0, +160||L||5 ov||U|
|4/7/2013||at COLUMBUS||3-0||W||0, -105||W||5 ov||U|
|4/11/2013||ST LOUIS|| |
|4/15/2013||at CALGARY|| |
|4/16/2013||at EDMONTON|| |
|4/18/2013||at SAN JOSE|| |
LAST SEASON: 45-26-11, 101 points. Lost to Phoenix 4-2 in first round.
COACH: Joel Quenneville, 5th season with Blackhawks, 186-99-39; 16th overall, 624-382-157 in NHL.
ADDED: D Michal Rozsival, D Sheldon Brookbank.
LOST: F Andrew Brunette, F Brendan Morrison, D Sean O'Donnell
PLAYER TO WATCH: G Corey Crawford
OUTLOOK: Other than Rozsival and Brookbank, who each signed as free agents, there has been little turnover from last season. The Blackhawks have continuity going for them. Question is: Can they make a playoff run? It's been back-to-back first-round exits since they captured the Stanley Cup, and the Blackhawks are looking for more. Crawford's play will go a long way toward determining that, and he's coming off a shaky season in which he didn't post a shutout and let in two soft overtime goals in the playoffs.
LAST SEASON: 35-36-11, 81 points.
COACH: Mike Yeo, 2nd season, 35-36-11.
ADDED: LW Zach Parise, D Ryan Suter, C Mikael Granlund, LW Torrey Mitchell, C Zenon Konopka, C Jake Dowell.
LOST: LW Guillaume Latendresse, RW Nick Johnson, LW Warren Peters, RW Jed Ortmeyer, D Mike Lundin, C Erik Christensen, D Kurtis Foster.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Parise and Suter are the headliners, their identical 13-year, $98 million contracts serving as July 4 fireworks over the NHL free agent market, but the Finnish sensation Granlund is being given a spot on the second line before his 21st birthday. The ninth overall pick in the 2010 draft is so popular in his home country that paparazzi follow him around town. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound, slick-with-the-stick scorer spent the lockout playing for the Wild's AHL affiliate. He had 20 goals and 31 assists in 45 games last season for his club in Helsinki.
OUTLOOK: The Wild had the league's best record at 20-7-3 at the 30-game mark but nosedived down the stretch under the weight of myriad injuries. After signing Parise, bringing Granlund over and getting Pierre-Marc Bouchard back from another lengthy concussion absence, the Wild have unquestionably the deepest and most talented group of forwards in the franchise's 13-year history. Staying healthy in a fast-paced condensed season will be critical, of course, but the key to making the playoffs for the first time in five years is on the blue line, where veterans Suter and Tom Gilbert will need help from young players like Jared Spurgeon, Clayton Stoner and Marco Scandella.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (CHICAGO-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Blackhawks-Wild Preview* =========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Chicago (29-5-4) at Minnesota (22-14-2), 8:00 p.m. EDT
While the Chicago Blackhawks have already clinched a playoff spot, the Minnesota Wild hope to improve their postseason position despite an injury to one of their top players.
The NHL-leading Blackhawks look for a third straight victory overall and on the road Tuesday night against the Wild.
Rookie Brandon Saad and captain Jonathan Toews scored 55 seconds apart in the third period Sunday to rally Chicago to a 5-3 home win over Nashville.
Riding a 4-0-1 stretch, the Blackhawks (29-5-4) are headed to the playoffs for a fifth straight season.
"We obviously wanted to stay in the spot we're in in the standings," said Toews, who has three goals and five assists in five games. "First and foremost, our No. 1 goal coming in every season is we want to make the playoffs."
Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist, Bryan Bickell scored in his second straight game and Ray Emery made 19 saves after making 20 in Saturday's 1-0 win at Nashville. Chicago also kept the Predators scoreless on four power-play chances over the weekend, and have killed 17 straight penalties over 10 games.
The Blackhawks have the edge over Anaheim in the Western Conference and East-leading Pittsburgh in the race for the Presidents' Trophy.
"We're very happy with what we've accomplished, but we still want to keep trying to get better in games," coach Joel Quenneville told the NHL's official website. "Playing the right way is what we're going to be stressing here the last 10 (games) and that's important. We'd like to finish as high as we can, that's a priority as well, but that's what the motivation is."
Chicago, which snapped a three-game slide to Minnesota (22-14-2) with a 5-3 home win March 5, has at least one point in eight straight (5-0-3) against the Wild. The last three meetings at Minnesota ended in a shootout, with the Wild winning the last two. Their 3-2 home win Jan. 30 ended the Blackhawks' 6-0-0 start.
Minnesota was outscored 11-3 during a three-game skid it snapped with Sunday's 3-0 win at Columbus. Jason Pominville had a goal with an assist in his second game since being acquired from Buffalo and Niklas Backstrom stopped 24 shots for the Wild, who are sixth in the West and trying to keep pace with Northwest Division-leading Vancouver.
The Wild have not reached the postseason since 2007-08.
"You can't avoid it: Everyone is talking about (the playoffs)," Backstrom said. "But for us it's still one day at a time, one game at a time."
The Wild open an important three-game home stretch that includes visits from St. Louis and the Blue Jackets, both behind them in the West standings. They'll hope to build on their latest victory minus forward Dany Heatley, who will miss a third consecutive game with a shoulder injury.
Heatley, who has 11 goals and 10 assists, is expected to undergo arthroscopic surgery with the hopes of returning by the end of the regular season.
"We've got three home games coming up, and obviously some good competition, so we have to make sure we're sharp and ready to go," Wild coach Mike Yeo said.
Minnesota rookie Charlie Coyle has scored half of his six goals in the last five games.
Backstrom stopped all 28 shots in relief against the Blackhawks in January, but allowed four goals on 17 shots at Chicago last month.
|Last Updated: 12/21/2014 12:03:37 AM EST|