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NHL : ATS Matchup
Friday 5/9/2014Line$ LineOU LineScore



CHICAGO (52-22-0-17, 121 pts.) at MINNESOTA (48-30-0-14, 110 pts.)
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Friday, 5/9/2014 9:35 PM
Western Conference Semifinals - Best of 7 - Game 4 - CHI Leads 2-1
Board OpeningLatest
57CHICAGO-130Ov 5,-115-140Ov 5,-105
58MINNESOTA+110Un 5,-105+120Un 5,-115
CHICAGO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games52-39-0-9.252-39-9.244-443.332.62.627.6
Team Stats (Road Games)21-25-0-12.421-25-12.424-
Last 5 Games4-1-0+2.64-1+2.62-13.424.02.026.8
Playoff Games6-3-0+2.46-3+2.45-
vs. Division19-19-0-10.819-19-10.821-
CHICAGO Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)9129676108103917296410.0%2855418.9%507
Team Stats (Road Games)461383748494714449.6%1312418.3%234
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5174391212014.2%12325.0%33
Team Stats (Playoffs)92986132324911.6%28517.9%55
Team Stats (vs. Division)3812332444349120310.2%1132118.6%210
Stats Against (All Games) 241697283171825139.6%2864917.1%405
Stats Against (Road Games) 1384341441010134310.3%1622515.4%239
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 10118011347.5%1616.2%19
Stats Against (Playoffs) 215311212847.4%3738.1%39
Stats Against (vs. Division) 10532264256102910.2%1272116.5%183
CHICAGO - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
CORY CRAWFORD (All Games)68661816166891.9%538-28-7.438-28-0-429-34
CORY CRAWFORD (Road Games)323189982591.8%315-16-6.215-16-0-414-16
CORY CRAWFORD (vs. Division)313082174791.0%316-14-7.416-14-0-516-11
CORY CRAWFORD (Last 4 Games)441049793.3%13-1+1.63-1-0+22-1
CORY CRAWFORD (Playoff Games)9928326392.9%26-3+2.46-3-0+35-2
NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (All Games)43746081.1%01-2-21-2-0-22-1
NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (Road Games)22332575.8%00-2-30-2-0-32-0
NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (vs. Division)118675.0%00-1-1.80-1-0-21-0
NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (Last 4 Games)43746081.1%01-2-21-2-0-22-1
NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (Playoff Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
ANTTI RAANTA (All Games)242259553690.1%113-9+0.313-9-0+113-9
ANTTI RAANTA (Road Games)151338634288.6%06-7-3.16-7-0-28-5
ANTTI RAANTA (vs. Division)8719617388.3%03-4-1.63-4-0-14-3
ANTTI RAANTA (Last 4 Games)43958185.3%01-2-1.41-2-0-13-0
ANTTI RAANTA (Playoff Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
KENT SIMPSON (All Games)107571.4%00-000-0-000-0
KENT SIMPSON (Road Games)107571.4%00-000-0-000-0
KENT SIMPSON (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
KENT SIMPSON (Last 4 Games)107571.4%00-000-0-000-0
KENT SIMPSON (Playoff Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0

MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games48-44-0+3.148-44+3.133-382.627.02.627.3
Team Stats (Home Games)30-15-0+10.530-15+10.515-212.826.72.125.1
Last 5 Games3-2-0+1.43-2+1.43-13.425.43.021.6
Playoff Games5-5-0+0.45-5+0.46-32.930.22.923.7
vs. Division19-20-0019-20017-142.527.82.826.1
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)92236686194131824829.5%2824917.4%413
Team Stats (Home Games)45124413542611120210.3%1432618.2%215
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)51731121312713.4%14214.3%32
Team Stats (Playoffs)10296615233029.6%29413.8%54
Team Stats (vs. Division)39992927376610839.1%1191613.4%177
Stats Against (All Games) 235667976142025109.4%2835820.5%385
Stats Against (Home Games) 952335325711288.4%1272519.7%150
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 155370210813.9%15426.7%29
Stats Against (Playoffs) 2979112323712.2%33515.2%53
Stats Against (vs. Division) 108303736510101910.6%1202319.2%178
MINNESOTA - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
NIKLAS BACKSTROM (All Games)211854649189.9%26-12-5.96-12-0-47-5
NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Home Games)9817815888.8%03-5-2.93-5-0-24-2
NIKLAS BACKSTROM (vs. Division)8619116888.0%12-4-1.62-4-0-14-1
NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Last 4 Games)43968891.7%02-1+1.42-1-0+22-0
NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Playoff Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
ILYA BRYZGALOV (All Games)383699890290.4%314-22-6.414-22-0-720-11
ILYA BRYZGALOV (Home Games)141333229588.9%25-8-3.25-8-0-49-3
ILYA BRYZGALOV (vs. Division)171644139589.6%23-13-10.13-13-0-108-5
ILYA BRYZGALOV (Last 4 Games)43625588.7%11-2-0.81-2-0-11-1
ILYA BRYZGALOV (Playoff Games)651079286.0%11-4-2.81-4-0-33-1
JOHN CURRY (All Games)21575393.0%01-0+1.21-0-0+11-0
JOHN CURRY (Home Games)21575393.0%01-0+1.21-0-0+11-0
JOHN CURRY (vs. Division)21575393.0%01-0+1.21-0-0+11-0
JOHN CURRY (Last 4 Games)21575393.0%01-0+1.21-0-0+11-0
JOHN CURRY (Playoff Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
JOSH HARDING (All Games)292869064493.3%317-11+4.717-11-0+57-16
JOSH HARDING (Home Games)171639536993.4%313-3+913-3-0+95-9
JOSH HARDING (vs. Division)101020619293.2%16-4+2.26-4-0+22-6
JOSH HARDING (Last 4 Games)4411210291.1%02-2-0.72-2-0-11-2
JOSH HARDING (Playoff Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
DARCY KUEMPER (All Games)322982975891.4%216-13+2.816-13-0+210-13
DARCY KUEMPER (Home Games)151538235693.2%110-5+2.610-5-0+23-8
DARCY KUEMPER (vs. Division)141335832590.8%28-5+3.88-5-0+36-5
DARCY KUEMPER (Last 4 Games)44918087.9%03-1+2.23-1-0+23-1
DARCY KUEMPER (Playoff Games)6512711691.3%14-1+3.24-1-0+33-2
Average power rating of opponents played: CHICAGO 3.09,  MINNESOTA 3.17
CHICAGO - Schedule
4/12/2014at NASHVILLE5-7L0, +105L5 ovO
4/17/2014at ST LOUIS3-4L0, -110L5 ovO
4/19/2014at ST LOUIS3-4L0, -110L5 ovO
4/21/2014ST LOUIS2-0W0, -145W5 ovU
4/23/2014ST LOUIS4-3W0, -140W5 unO
4/25/2014at ST LOUIS3-2W0, +100W5 ovP
4/27/2014ST LOUIS5-1W0, -145W5 unO
5/2/2014MINNESOTA5-2W0, -215W5 ovO
5/4/2014MINNESOTA4-1W0, -205W5 ovP
5/6/2014at MINNESOTA0-4L0, -140L5 ovU
5/9/2014at MINNESOTA 

MINNESOTA - Schedule
4/13/2014NASHVILLE3-7L0, -180L5 evO
4/17/2014at COLORADO4-5L0, +120L5 unO
4/19/2014at COLORADO2-4L0, +120L5 evO
4/21/2014COLORADO1-0W0, -130W5 ovU
4/24/2014COLORADO2-1W0, -125W5 unU
4/26/2014at COLORADO3-4L0, +125L5 unO
4/28/2014COLORADO5-2W0, -135W5 unO
4/30/2014at COLORADO5-4W0, +125W5 unO
5/2/2014at CHICAGO2-5L0, +180L5 ovO
5/4/2014at CHICAGO1-4L0, +175L5 ovP
5/6/2014CHICAGO4-0W0, +120W5 ovU
5/11/2014at CHICAGO 
CHICAGO: CHICAGO (AP) - The last time Chicago won the Stanley Cup, the team was dismantled during the offseason and the title defense ended in the first round of the playoffs.
Not so much this time. When the Blackhawks hit the ice next week for their opener against Washington, it will be a very familiar group.
Jonathan Toews (tayvz) and company are all set to go for their second consecutive NHL. There was no salary-cap purge this summer, leaving the Blackhawks largely intact as they try to become the first team to repeat since Detroit won it all in 1998.
The defending champs open the season at home Oct. 1 against Washington.
MINNESOTA: ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - That buzz created by signing two big stars turned out to be a false start for the Minnesota Wild.
First there was the lockout. Then they sputtered through a shortened season, barely made the playoffs and were bounced out quickly by the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.
Well, here's their chance to try again. Coach Mike Yeo kept his job, and the Wild added players around centerpieces Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.
Minnesota opens the season at home Oct. 3 against the Los Angeles Kings.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NHL PLAYOFF PREVIEW (CHICAGO-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

(Updates with quotes, details, background. With AP Photos.)

*Blackhawks-Wild Preview* =========================


Chicago At Minnesota, Game Four, 9:30 p.m. EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Erik Haula started the rush from the circle in the Minnesota zone early in the third period of a then-scoreless Game 3, leaning forward as he reached the blue line to thread a cross-ice pass to Matt Moulson.

Moulson moved the puck forward to Justin Fontaine, who deftly sent a saucer-like delivery through two Chicago defensemen. Having raced past speedster Patrick Kane, Haula arrived at the crease in perfect timing for the tap-in past goalie Corey Crawford.

Finally on the board, the Wild pulled away for a 4-0 victory over the Blackhawks that night to cut their deficit in the Western Conference semifinal series to 2-1. Game 4 is Friday night, and the Wild have been bracing for more aggression from a Blackhawks team that's as skilled and potent with the puck as any in the NHL.

"I think that's when they're at their best, when they're going at you, trying to attack, trying to make plays every single time," Wild defenseman Ryan Suter said.

The Wild have some made-in-Finland remedies for that sure-to-be-fired-up Blackhawks offense.

The centers on their first three lines, Mikko Koivu, Mikael Granlund and Haula, have the kind of defensive-minded games that make them a good fit in their system. The rookie Haula's speed in particular has been a big boost since his emergence down the stretch of the regular season.

"The one thing that's consistent for every Finn that I've ever worked with is pride," coach Mike Yeo said, adding: "Part of that winning attitude is every play they take pride in making it happen, whether it's a blocked shot or a faceoff or shutting somebody down or whatever they can to help their team win."

All three of these Finns were drafted and developed by the Wild, but Koivu and Granlund were top-10 picks. Haula, who played at the University of Minnesota, was the seventh-round overachiever who had three stints this season in the AHL before taking advantage of Granlund's injury at the end of March to prove to the Wild he could provide quality ice time.

In the six games in April prior to the playoffs, Haula had three goals and three assists with a plus-five rating. His plus-14 total for the season smashed the franchise rookie record of plus-five.

"If we see a guy like that who's a responsible defensive player, we're not going to say he's only going to be a third-line checker," Yeo said. "We're going to see if he can continue to keep the things that he needs and the things that we need from him, but see what we can add onto that. Obviously the offensive sparks that he's provided, that's a real positive for him going forward."

Haula had a chance earlier in Game 3 to give the Wild the lead, but his breakaway was thwarted at the last second with Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith in pursuit.

"I just kept thinking in my head that hopefully I get another chance to bury one," Haula said.

Check and check.

That was hardly surprising to Blackhawks backup Antti Raanta, also from Finland.

Making those plays you can't see in the big picture," Raanta said, describing Haula's contributions beyond the go-ahead goal.

The Wild will have left wing Matt Cooke back on Haula's line for Game 4, and the struggling Moulson will be out, Yeo said on Thursday, with a lower-body injury.

The Blackhawks were on the verge of a shuffle or two as well, with coach Joel Quenneville seeking more of a scoring threat on each line. He said defenseman Nick Leddy will be back in action for more speed after being a healthy scratch in Game 3 for the first time in his career, but center Andrew Shaw will remain out because of a lower-body injury suffered in Game 1.

The Wild have held the Blackhawks, the second-highest scoring team in the league during the regular season, to an average of only 21 shots on goal over the first three games.

"It's hard to hit a guy wide and have him go down and beat a couple guys because they're so defensive and they play so well positionally," said center Ben Smith.

With the exception of a surge in part of the third period, the Blackhawks were sluggish in Game 3, with the Wild's defense a major factor. The Blackhawks, though, can certainly still win even if a line or two of theirs stays quiet. All it takes sometimes is one group to get going.

"The fact that you know you've got several options is what makes us a good team," Quenneville said.

Last Updated: 6/18/2018 12:28:23 PM EST

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