CHI Wins Series 4 - 1
1 2 3 T
Minnesota Wild MIN 0 1 0 1
22 SHOTS 33
32 HITS 23
18 PIM 6
0/2 PP 1/2

Game 5: Wild at Blackhawks

Thursday, 05.09.2013 / 4:04 PM

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Minnesota Wild (No. 8 seed in Western Conference) at Chicago Blackhawks (No.1 seed in the Western Conference) - Minnesota trails in the series 3-1
The Minnesota Wild fights for its Stanley Cup Playoff lives tonight in Game 5 at Chicago. Minnesota trails the Blackhawks in the best-of-seven series, 3-1, and looks to extend its season.

The State of Hockey knows a thing or two about coming back from seemingly insurmountable deficits. Both of the franchise’s Stanley Cup Playoff series wins have come after being in a 3-1 hole. In 2003, the Wild came back to defeat the heavily favored Colorado Avalanche and Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 after falling behind in the series, 3-1.

The Wild held a slight shot advantage in Game 4, 25-24, but attempted 68 shots in the contest. Chicago played a tough defensive on Tuesday, blocking 26 shots, en route to a 3-0 win.

Minnesota has caught the injury bug at the worst possible time and at the worst possible position, as two goaltenders have been injured in the series. Josh Harding suffered an undisclosed injury in the first period of Game 4 and didn’t return after the intermission. Darcy Kuemper came in relief and made 14 saves. Of course, Niklas Backstrom has been sidelined with a lower-body injury, which he sustained during warmups before Game 1.

UPDATED: Josh Harding will get the Game 5 start against the Blackhawks.Mike Rupp is a game-time decision. If he's unable to go, Stephane Veilleux will be in the lineup.

Taking advantage on the man advantage is something that the Wild will look to improve tonight. In Game 4, the club was unable to cash in on any of its six power play opportunities. Minnesota will attempt to generate more movement in order to free up its shooters. On the flip side, the team’s penalty kill has been strong since allowing Chicago’s lone power play goal in Game 1 of the series. Overall, the Minnesota has killed 10-of-11 shorthanded chances.

When things are even strength, Minnesota will look to return to its gritty and grinding forecheck that brought success in Game 3. The Wild will try to establish its game early and take the home Chicago crowd out of the equation.

Programing reminder, tonight’s contest with start at 8:30 p.m. State of Hockey Time. It will be broadcast locally on Fox Sports North and nationally on NBC Sports Network. The game will go over the airwaves on KFAN 100.3 FM. 
Meet The Blues If You're Going
Goaltender Corey Crawford has been nearly unbeatable in the series, posting a 1.39 goals against average and a .949 save percentage.

Patrick Sharp leads the Hawks offensively, scoring four goals and adding an assist in the series. Bryan Bickell has chipped in with three goals as well. 
Find your seat early because the crazies in the Madhouse on Madison will go bananas during Jim Cornelison’s rendition of the National Anthem.

The Wild will wear its WHITE sweaters tonight.
Who's Hot Gameday Media
Matt Cullen won 14 faceoffs Tuesday, setting a new career high for faceoff wins in a single playoff game (13, 2x, last 5/14/09). He tallied the primary assist on Sunday’s game-winning goal and leads the Wild in playoff points with three assists. He has 39 points (11-28=39) in 67 career playoff games.
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Probably Wild Lineup Between The Pipes
Forward Mike Rupp is a game-time decision tonight. If he's unable to go, the lineup will remain the same:

Coyle – Koivu – Parise
Zucker – Cullen – Setoguchi
Pominville – Brodziak – Bouchard
Clutterbuck – Mitchell – Veilleux

The blue line will go unchanged from Game 4:

Brodin – Suter
Scandella – Spurgeon
Gilbert – Falk

Josh Harding will be back in net tonight. He has started all four games for the Wild this series, posting a 2.48 GAA and a .923 SV%.
View From The Press Box
We can talk about execution and missed opportunities, but we have to do something on our side as a coaching staff and make some adjustments (on the power play).

- Yeo on improving the team's power play
Rupp and Veilleux are a game-timer decision. Defensemen Mathew Dumba, Brett Clark and Nate Prosser will be healthy scratches. Forwards Zenon Konopka, Mikael Granlund and Carson McMillan the scratches up front.

Clayton Stoner (undisclosed) is injured. Dany Heatley is out after having shoulder surgery. 
Honorary State of Hockey Resident Worthless Stat
D Nick Leddy is a native of Eden Prairie. Minnesota is 7-3 in playoff elimination games. During Minnesota’s previous five playoff series in team history, the Wild has posted a 6-3 record in Games 5-7.
Broadcast Info In Case You Missed It
Wild at Chicago will be broadcast locally in high definition on FOX Sports North and nationally on NBC Sports Network with a start time of 8:30 p.m. The game can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM or online at

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