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In a match-up of Western Central rivals, the Minnesota Wild head to the United Center to take on the Chicago Blackhawks. In their latest game, the Minnesota Wild won 5-4 over the Dallas Stars. Mikko Koivu scored in the first period. Mikko Koivu has been an effective player with 12 goals and 17 assists this season. Eric Staal scored once for the Minnesota Wild. Eric Staal has been an effective player with 14 goals and 24 assists this season. Matt Dumba scored in the first period. Chris Stewart scored once for the Minnesota Wild. Jason Zucker had a very offensively productive game with 1 goals and 1 assists. Jordan Schroeder picked up an assist in the first period. The Minnesota Wild are playing in a back-to-back in this one. The Chicago Blackhawks have not played since Friday.
Corey Crawford will try to be a brick wall in net for the Chicago Blackhawks. His team gave him a heavy workload in his last game, allowing 5 goals on 30 shots. He has been average recently, with a 0.892 save percentage in his last 3 appearances.
Devan Dubnyk will try to be a brick wall in net for the Minnesota Wild. He allowed 1 goals on 21 shots during his latest appearance. Devan Dubnyk was fantastic on the road last season with a 0.943 SV% over 3 appearances
The Chicago Blackhawks have been good at home, posting a 17-4-4 record. The Minnesota Wild have been notable when playing on the road with a 12-5-5 record. The Chicago Blackhawks have gone 9-7 when playing Western-Central opponents this season. The Minnesota Wild have gone 7-5 when playing Western-Central opponents this season. Blackhawks have gone 4-6 when taking on winning teams.
Playing on the road is always tough, but we like the chances that the Minnesota Wild have with this match-up.
Game Time: 7:05 PM ET
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