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|In another “upset” between Central Division foes, Chicago, third in the Central, eliminated the second-place St. Louis Blues in six games.
Captain Jonathan Toews did not practice Thursday at United Center because he was sick, but coach Joel Quenneville said he'd be "more than fine" to play in Game 1. Toews has a four-game point streak and has scored a goal in three of the past four, including the final two against the Blues. All three of his goals against St. Louis were game-winners.
|You’ll want to find your seats well before Jim Cornelison fires up the National Anthem. The United Center, dubbed the Mad House on Madison, is a rollicking place, and it doubles during the Anthem. Trust us, you’ll want to experience it.
The Wild will wear its WHITE sweaters tonight.
|Dany Heatley leads Minnesota in plus/minus (plus-5) after earning a playoff career-best plus-3 rating, and tying his career high with three points in Game 7 (1-2=3), including an assist on the winning goal. He leads the Wild with 62 career playoff points (16-46=62) in 71 playoff games.
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Here’s what the Game 7 lineup looked like:
Don’t expect any changes on the blue line:Suter- Brodin
Bryzgalov is 8-6-5 with a 2.51 GAA, a .915 SV% and one shutout in 21 games (19 starts).
|One thing that we have to guard against is just the high of last game and just making sure we don't have a drop in focus and battle and will that we have to bring to the game.
- Yeo in the Star Tribune about not getting too high after the Game 7 win
|If the lineup doesn’t change scratches tonight will be: Jonathon Blum, Justin Fontaine and Mike Rupp. Matt Cooke is out through Game 3 with a suspension. Defenseman Keith Ballard has a lower-body injury.
Forward Jason Zucker (surgery) and goaltender Josh Harding (illness) are on Injured Reserve. Niklas Backstrom is shutdown for the remainder of the season.
|D Nick Leddy is a native of Eden Prairie.||Minnesota enters Game 1 with an all-time record of 1-6 (including five OT losses) in the first contest of a series. Minnesota hasn’t earned a Game 1 victory since its first-ever playoff game, a 4-2 win in Denver, April 10, 2003.
|Wild at Chicago will be nationally in high definition on NBC Sports Network with a start time at 8:30 p.m. The game can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM or online at Wild.com. Get updates with the Wild’s official team app, here.||