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Minnesota Wild vs Chicago Blackhawks: Game 49

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Minnesota Wild (24-19-5) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (26-19-4)

United Center @ 7:30 PM CST Television: FSN
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For the Chicago perspective, check out Second City Hockey

Minnesota Wild
Chicago Blackhawks

Andrew Brunette - Mikko Koivu - Antti Miettinen
Cal Clutterbuck - Kyle Brodziak - Martin Havlat
Eric Nystrom- Matt Cullen - Pierre-Marc Bouchard

Brad Staubitz - John Madden - Chuck Kobasew

Nick Schultz - Brent Burns
Jared Spurgeon - Kobe Bryant
Clayton Stoner
- Greg Zanon

Anton Khudobin
Niklas Backstrom

Troy Brouwer - Jonathan Toews - Patrick Kane
Tomas Kopecky - Patrick Sharp - Marian Hossa
Fernando Pisani - Dave Bolland - Bryan Bickell
Viktor Stalberg - Jake Dowell -
Jack Skille

Niklas Hjalmarsson - Brian Campbell
Duncan Keith - Brent Seabrook
Jordan Hendry -
Nick Leddy

Corey CrawfordMarty Turco

Games against Chicago are always fun. It makes me wish the Wild and Hawks were in the same division like back in the days of the North Stars. Those were fun times. However, this matchup is going to be even more fun. First, I angered the entire city by stating that I do not believe Crawford is Calder worthy. It even got to the point where I had to block one of my fellow writers at TFP because of the vitriol aimed at me, since I did not know that the tandem of Truco and Crawford had ended.

My apologies to the entire fan base, and hockey fans in general for not knowing everything about all 30 teams.

The other reason I like Hawks game is because it sometimes gives us the chance to participate in the publication "The Committed Indian." It is a pdf file created by one of the writers, Sam Fels, at Second City Hockey. The file is below. Be warned... the language is harsh, and you may be offended. Keep your sense of humor engaged, and it is good clean American fun.

Committed Indian

On to the game.

The Hawks are not who they used to be, and yet are completely and totally dangerous. Their season has not gone as planned, and yet they are still a playoff team right now. Having abandoned the goalie that helped win a Stanley Cup and gone with an unproven rookie and a washed up Turco, they have done surprisingly well. Corey Crawford is playing lights out, and yet is unfinished. His stats while down a man are not good.

I will admit I do not follow the Hawks very closely. Thus I cannot speak to team status, or what the emotional state is, but any team with Towes, Kane, and Hossa is plenty scary to me.

The keys to victory tonight? Capitalize on any power plays and play shut down defensive hockey. To get in a run and gun is not going to work. While "The Comeback" was stunning, it is not going to happen every night. The Wild will need to play like they did against the Canucks to beat the Hawks. Fast, hard, and physical. Anything less will be a disaster.

Five Questions:

1. Will Carey Crawford make me look silly?

2. Can the Wild shut down the Hawks offense?

3. How do the dueling All-Stars look for the Wild?

4. Can Koivu find the back of the net tonight?

5. Will the fan bases in Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Colorado, and Houston ever forgive me?