|The Chicago Blackhawks are off to the best start in its 85-year history, and has been paced in net by Corey Crawford, who is 5-0-0 with a 1.78 goals against average and .933 save percentage.
Offensively, the Hawks are deep with four players averaging at least a point per game. Patrick Kane leads the way with nine points (2-7=9), while Marian Hossa is just behind the pace with eight (5-3=8).
|You might see some studious young adults because its College Night, presented by Wells Fargo and KDWB.
You’ll also see the Wild in its green third sweater.
|The Wild captain has been delivering, as Mikko Koivu has a goal in back-to-back games, and he has three consecutive two-point games (3-3=6), totaling eight points (2-6=8) on the year.
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|The forward lines will look the same as yesterday:
Parise – Koivu – Heatley
Bouchard – Granlund – Setoguchi
Cullen – Brodziak – Clutterbuck
Mitchell – Konopka – Powe
As will the defensive pairings:
Suter – Brodin
Gilbert – Stoner
Falk – Scandella
Josh Harding will get the start tonight against Chicago. Harding is 6-3-0 with a 2.32 goals against average, a .930 save percentage and one shutout in nine games versus the Blackhawks.
|It’s a stride, but we’ve got another big test tomorrow. In the very early part of the year, we’ve go to get wins, no questions. As much as anything else, we’ve got to get to our game and how quickly we can get there.
- Yeo after last night’s win on the Wild finding its game
|Forward Matt Kassian and defenseman Nate Prosser will be tonight's healthy scratches.
Jared Spurgeon is still day-to-day with a lower body injury.
|Defenseman Nick Leddy is a native of Eden Prairie.||Eighteen of Pierre-Marc Bouchard’s 100 NHL goals have been game winners. Minnesota is 66-19-6 all-time when Bouchard scores, including 33-8-3 since 12/20/07. The Wild is also 160-61-22 all-time when Bouchard records a point.|
|Wild vs. Blackhawks will be broadcast nationally in high definition on NBC Sports Network with a start time at 7:00 p.m. The game can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM or online at Wild.com.
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