|The Blackhawks 22-game point streak has garnered national media attention, with talking heads from various outlets, some who claim to not know about the existence of certain NHL franchises, commenting on the streak.
Two young and very different superstars, in Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, lead the Hawks. The duo is first and second on the team in scoring, respectively, with 26 (11-15=26) points and 18 (9-9=18) points.
|Get to the United Center early and find your seats for the National Anthem. Trust me, you won’t want to miss it.
The first 10,000 fans in attendance will take home a Pierre Pilote Bobblehead.
The Wild will wear its WHITE sweaters tonight.
|Right wing Devin Setoguchi has a four-game point streak (1-4=5), his longest as a member of the Wild. He has totaled 11 points (4-7=11) and two game-winning goals on the season. A point tonight would match Zach Parise’s team season-high five-game point streak (1/19-1/27).
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|Looks like the Wild will roll out the same forwards as Sunday:
Parise – Koivu – Coyle
Zucker – Cullen – Setoguchi
Heatley – Granlund – Bouchard
Mitchell – Brodziak – Rupp
Same as on the blue line:
Suter – Brodin
Spurgeon – Stoner
Falk – Gilbert
Niklas Backstrom is 6-1-1 in his last eight starts with a 1.70 GAA and a .932 SV%, allowing more than two goals just twice in that span. Monday he was named the NHL’s 3rd Star of the Week. At United Center, Backstrom is 2-1-0 with a 2.01 GAA and a .945 SV%.
|"I love it. I'm excited about it for sure. We just have to play our game. We're a darn good team, too."
- Yeo talking about facing the Blackhawks
|Forward Zenon Konopka and defenseman Nate Prosser are expected to be tonight’s healthy scratches.
Cal Clutterbuck (lower body) and Josh Harding (treatment for multiple sclerosis) are both on Injured Reserve and did not travel with the team.
|D Nick Leddy was the Wild’s first round pick (16th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and is a native of Eden Prairie.||Chicago is unbeaten in regulation in its last 28 games dating back to last season to match the 1977-78 Montreal Canadiens for the second-longest run in NHL history. The NHL record of 35 games, set by Philadelphia in 1979-80, was snapped by a Minnesota team – the North Stars (1/6/80).|
|Wild at Blackhawks will be broadcast locally in high definition on FOX Sports North with a start time at 7:30 p.m. The game can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM or online at Wild.com.
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