|A pair of dynamic forwards in Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane leads Chicago. Kane has scored in back-to-back games and has four points in his past three for Chicago. Toews also has four points (2-2=4) in the past three games.||The Minnesota Wild Foundation is hosting a Mystery Puck. A $40 purchase guarantees you a Wild autographed puck by one of the following players: Niklas Backstrom, Jonas Brodin, Kyle Brodziak, Charlie Coyle, Josh Harding, Dany Heatley, Mikko Koivu, Zach Parise, Jason Pominville and Ryan Suter.
The Wild will wear its WHITE sweaters tonight.
|Parise and Pominville have been in a neck-and-neck race for the team’s goal-scoring lead all season and are tied with six apiece. Pominville has three goals in the past two games, while Parise has scored in back-to-back games. However, Parise’s three assists give him the scoring edge and his nine points paces the Wild.
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|Minnesota seems to have found some combinations that are working:
The blue line is expected to stay the same as Saturday:
Backstrom looks to do it again tonight. The veteran netminder is 6-8-1 with a 2.68 goals-against average, a .919 save percentage and one shutout in 16 games against Chicago (15 starts). Josh Harding skated this morning and is expected to backup Backstrom.
|When you got a guy who can shoot the puck like that and a guy who can distribute like that, you sure like to think eventually it's going to pay off.
- Yeo on Granlund and Pominville's chemistry
|Keith Ballard will be out tonight, but has returned to practice after suffering an upper-body injury. Jonas Brodin is out indefinitely with a cheekbone facture.
Charlie Coyle is on Injured Reserve with a knee sprain and has returned to practice. Mike Rupp is still out with a lower-body injury and on IR.
Honorary State of Hockey Resident
|Hawks D Nick Leddy hails from Eden Prairie.||Minnesota has scored at least one power-play goal in nine games this season, and entering play Sunday, leads the NHL with 13 power-play goals and ranks fifth in power-play percentage (26.0%). Chicago’s penalty kill is a League-worst 72.2 percent.|
|Wild vs Blackhawks will be broadcast locally in high definition on FOX Sports North 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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