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Gamethread: Wild vs. Blackhawks (1:00 p.m.)

Last game before the trade deadline, oh boy.

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The Minnesota Wild and GM Bill Guerin will either be incredibly busy or have a very relaxing weekend. There is no point in trying to predict what this team is going to do. Well, except that they have to play a hockey game this afternoon.

With the Chicago Blackhawks visiting, it provides a little bit of an opportunity to pad some offensive stats and really get that tiresome powerplay running. The away team just traded one of the good, young players to the Tampa Bay Lightning yesterday, so at least there’s a positive sign before puck drop.

After we see this hour of action, we get to constantly refresh in hopes to get some transactions. The best time of year.

Projected lineup:

Kirill Kaprizov—Ryan Hartman—Mats Zuccarello
Jordan Greenway—Joel Eriksson Ek—Marcus Foligno
Kevin Fiala—Frederick Gaudreau—Matt Boldy
Brandon Duhaime—Tyson Jost—Nick Bjugstad

Jonas Brodin—Matt Dumba
Alex Goligoski—Jared Spurgeon
Jon Merrill—Dmitry Kulikov

Cam Talbot has earned the net.

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