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Preview: Wild @ Blackhawks

Minnesota tries to stop their skid as they to the United Center.

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After consecutive home losses, now Minnesota heads to Chicago to try to get back on track. After tonight, the Wild will officially be half way through its season. After losing nine of its last eleven, Minnesota is well outside the playoff bubble and the clock is starting to tick on its playoff hopes. Chicago defeated Minnesota on Thursday night despite a motivated effort from the Wild in which they out-shot Chicago 42-20 and fell 4-2. The Hawks fell to Edmonton on Friday night and have won just five of their last ten. This is the 3rd meeting between Chicago and Minnesota since December 16th with the Hawks winning both of those games.

The Wild couldn't put together a full 60 minutes (again) yesterday afternoon falling to the preds 3-1. Minnesota has scored two goals or less in six of its last seven on top of shaky goaltending. Chuck Fletcher could be making a move to acquire a goalie before the deadline but (the all-knowing) Jim Souhan and Tom Powers think this Wild team has bigger problems than acquiring a netminder. Niklas Backstrom is 0-2-0 with a 3.56 GAA and a .877 SV% in two games against Chicago this season, it will be interesting to see if the Wild turn to John Curry tonight.

Ryan Suter was named as the Wild’s representative at the 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend. Meanwhile, Chicago will have five representatives; Brent Seabrook, Corey Crawford, Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. The All-Star Game will be played Jan. 25 at Nationwide Arena. There was no morning skate today so we wont know any lineup updates until 5pm. Check back at 6:45 for the gamethread and "Go Wild."