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Minnesota Wild vs. Chicago Blackhawks: Game 45

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Minnesota Wild (21-20-3) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (31-10-3)

United Center @ 7:00 CST

Television: FSN (HD)
Radio: WCCO 830 AM, or online at

For the Chicago perspective, check out Second City Hockey Game Preview

Minnesota Wild

Chicago Blackhawks

Andrew Brunette - Mikko Koivu - Antti Miettinen
Owen Nolan - Eric Belanger - Cal Clutterbuck
Guillaume Latendresse - Kyle Brodziak - Martin Havlat
Robbie Earl - Andrew Ebbett
- Derek Boogaard

Greg Zanon - Marek Zidlicky
Kim Johnsson - John Scott
Shane Hnidy - Nick Schultz

Niklas Backstrom
Josh Harding

Troy Brouwer - Jonathan Toews - Patrick Kane
Andrew Ladd - Patrick Sharp - Marian Hossa
Dustin Byfuglien - John Madden - Kris Versteeg
Ben Eager - Colin Fraser - Tomas Kopecky

Duncan Keith - Brent Seabrook
Brian Campbell -
Niklas Hjalmarsson
Brent Sopel - Jordan Hendry

Cristobal Huet
Antti Niemi

Questions to Answer

  1. Can the Wild get payback for the Tuesday's loss at Chicago?
  2. The Wild dominated a superior team in the win over Calgary on Wednesday. Can they take what they learned from that game and put it into play tonight?
  3. Coach Todd Richards has put Havlat and Latendresse with Kyle Brodziak. These three have looked very good together. Will the chemistry work again?
  4. Erik Belanger is on a tear with eight points in his last eight games. Can he keep up this excellent play?
  5. John Scott is once again in for Clayton Stoner. Scott hasn't been as solid here in mid-season as he was in October/November, as a result, his minutes (when he isn't a healthy scratch) have been pretty low, placing a bit of a burden on the other five defensemen. Will this trend continue or, by pairing him with Kim Johnsson, has Richards decided to even the load a bit and give Scott the help he needs?