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GAMEDAY: Game 2 Wild at Chicago

Sunday, 05.04.2014 / 10:34 AM

Mike Doyle - Managing Editor

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GAMEDAY: Game 2 Wild at Chicago
Minnesota Wild vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Minnesota Wild (No. 7 seed in Western Conference) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (No. 5 seed in Western Conference) - Minnesota trails in the series 1-0

One for the road.

The Minnesota Wild needs to win a game away from the State of Hockey to take the best-of-seven Second Round matchup against the defending Stanley Cup champion, Chicago Blackhawks. The Wild looks to take the matinee game after dropping Game 1 against the Hawks, 5-2.

Minnesota didn’t play its best hockey in Game 1, but still had a chance to take the series lead. The Wild outshot Chicago, 32-22, only the second time the Hawks have been outshot by 10 or more in the playoffs since 2002.

The Wild looks to improve on the special teams in the second game of the series. Minnesota went 0-3 on the power play, while Chicago was an efficient 2-4 on the man advantage. The opening contest wasn’t an overly physical affair, so penalties and power play opportunities were limited on both sides.

If yesterday’s skate is any indication, the Wild will re-insert Justin Fontaine into the lineup this afternoon. The 26-year-old skated on the wing with Erik Haula and Nino Niederreiter. Based on the club’s first round win against the Colorado Avalanche, Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo said that he would roll the line out against either of Chicago’s top lines.

Minnesota trailed by two heading into the third period against the Hawks in Game 1, looked like it would rally, but eventually fell short, 5-2. Back-to-back goals from Clayton Stoner and Kyle Brodziak drew the Wild even in the final frame, but Patrick Kane scored twice and the Hawks iced the game with an empty netter for the 1-0 lead in the series. Ilya Bryzgalov made 17 saves in the loss. 
If You're Going
Patrick Kane was the difference in Game 1. The forward scored the game winner then iced the contest eight minutes later. Kane leads the postseason with a plus-8 rating, is tied for the lead in goals (5) and is tied for sixth in scoring (5-3=8).  The Fratellis “Chelsea Dagger” is arguably the catchiest, while equally annoying, goal song in the National Hockey League. You better not be a girl with shoes like that—because we don’t want to hear it, at all.

The Wild will wear its WHITE sweaters tonight.
Who's Hot Gameday Media
Kyle Brodziak is tied for first on the Wild with three goals and tied for second with six points this postseason. He has five points (2-3=5) in his last four playoff games, including a playoff career high three assists and plus-3 rating in Game 7, including the primary assist on the overtime winner.

Fans can guess who's going to be hot with the Wild's HotBox Fantasy Challenge for a chance to win great prizes.

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Probably Wild Lineup Between The Pipes
It looks like Fontaine will re-enter the lineup for Game 2:

Parise-Granlund-Pominville
Moulson-Koivu-Coyle
Fontaine-Haula-Niederreiter
McCormick-Brodziak-Heatley

The D-pairs look to stay the same:
Suter- Brodin

Spurgeon-Scandella

Prosser-Stoner
Ilya Bryzgalov will get his second-straight start in goal.
View From The Press Box
You can’t just expect and assume that things will be better the next game...We have to try to come to the rink everyday and get better and it’s the same mentality we’re going to have for this one.

-Yeo on the team keeping the same approach all season


Stephane Veilleux is expected to be out of the lineup along with Jonathon Blum 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.
Honorary State of Hockey Resident Worthless Stat
D Nick Leddy is a native of Eden Prairie. The Wild has earned one win in its last 10 road playoff games – a Game 7 victory Wednesday in Denver. During its first-round series with Colorado, Minnesota earned three victories in Saint Paul, the first time the Wild has ever earned more than one victory on home ice in a single series.


Broadcast Info In Case You Missed It
Wild at Chicago will be nationally in high definition on NBC with a start time at 2 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.              
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Wild Entering Unfamiliar Territory Against Chicago | Five Reasons The Wild Advanced | X-Factor: Physical Coyle A Difference-maker| Game 1 Five Takeaways at CHI | Game 1 5-Hole at CHI |
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Saturday Practice | On Playing Physical | Yeo - May 3 | Parise - May 3 | Koivu - May 3 | Scandella - May 3
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  Game 1: Wild 2, CHI 5
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Game 1: Wild vs CHI | Hugs: Playoffs Edition
series schedule/results
DateScoreW. Goal
May 13 '14CHI 2 at MIN 1 - OTP. Kane
May 11 '14MIN 1 at CHI 2J. Toews
May 09 '14CHI 2 at MIN 4N. Niederreiter
May 06 '14CHI 0 at MIN 4E. Haula
May 04 '14MIN 1 at CHI 4B. Saad
May 02 '14MIN 2 at CHI 5P. Kane
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
Z. Parise93811-3611
K. Brodziak8336-1200
J. Pominville9156-3000
M. Koivu9156-4800
D. Heatley7156+7200
C. Coyle9325-3611
M. Granlund9235+2201
N. Niederreiter9224-1601
E. Haula9134-1000
R. Suter9134-6410
M. Scandella9213+0000
J. Spurgeon9213-3000
C. Stoner9112+32200
M. Moulson9112-1400
J. Brodin9022+11000
C. McCormick9101+21400
M. Cooke3011-1600
N. Prosser9000+31200
J. Fontaine5000-3200
S. Veilleux4000+1400
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
D. Kuemper63-1111272.03.913
I. Bryzgalov51-415883.90.830
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
J. Toews8459+6413
B. Seabrook5279+61510
P. Kane8538+8802
B. Bickell8538+4610
M. Hossa8268+2610
D. Keith8257+7600
B. Saad8257+6201
A. Shaw7224+0810
B. Smith8123+5000
J. Oduya8123+4200
P. Sharp8123+3400
M. Rozsival8123+2200
N. Hjalmarsson8033-2000
M. Kruger8112+5600
N. Leddy8022-1400
K. Versteeg6022-1400
S. Brookbank3022+2000
M. Handzus8011-4200
B. Bollig7000-31200
J. Nordstrom3000-2000
J. Morin1000-1000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
C. Crawford86-2172661.87.936
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