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GAMEDAY: Game 3 Wild vs. Chicago

Tuesday, 05.06.2014 / 2:30 PM

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GAMEDAY: Game 3 Wild vs. Chicago
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild
Minnesota Wild (No. 7 seed in Western Conference) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (No. 5 seed in Western Conference) - Minnesota trails in the series 2-0

Well, this feels familiar.

Much like its first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Wild faces a 2-0 deficit in the best-of-seven series as the Second Round comes to Saint Paul in Game 3.

The Wild looks to keep its home success rolling this postseason. Through three playoff games at Xcel Energy Center, Minnesota hasn’t dropped a single contest. That streak started in an intense effort in Game 3 of the first round where Mikael Granlund netted the overtime winner with a goal that instantly inked the pages of Wild history. The win was the third-straight Game 3 victory for the Wild, a trend it hopes to continue tonight.

After a pair of tough losses in Chicago that seemed to lack energy on the Wild’s part, the club is hoping that a return home will help it re-energize — aided, of course, by the home crowd.

Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo shuffled the lines slightly, swapping Matt Moulson and Nino Niederreiter. But Yeo isn't afraid to switch things up mid-game either if the Wild need a different look. Making his return to the lineup tonight is Keith Ballard, who hasn't seen action since March 17 in Boston.

Sunday afternoon the Wild suffered a 4-1 loss to the Hawks. Cody McCormick netted his first goal of the postseason for the Wild’s lone goal in the contest. Netminder Ilya Bryzgalov made 18 saves while Jonathan Toews, Bryan Bickell each tallied a goal and Brandon Saad had two. Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford made 18 saves.
If You're Going
Coming from behind against the Hawks is no easy feat. Chicago is 5-0 when scoring first this postseason. They also share the lead in the NHL with 29 goal scored, including 13 total third-period goals. They also rank fourth with only 17 goals allowed. Be sure to swing by the pre-game party and get ready to get Wild. (Yeah, I said it.) Also, the Wild lauded the fans ability to get loud last series. Keep it up this time around; bring the noise!

The Wild will wear its GREEN sweaters tonight.
Who's Hot Gameday Media
Dany Heatley leads Minnesota and ranks T-4th in the NHL with a plus-7 rating this postseason. He also ranks T-2nd on the Wild with six points (1-5=6) this postseason.

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
Niederreiter and Moulson will exchange spots in the lineup:


Keith Ballard will step back in on the blue line:
Suter- Brodin


Bryzgalov will get the nod once again.
View From The Press Box
I do think we can find another edge [offensively]. But I don’t think we’re that far off. I don’t think that we’re quite there, but we’re not that far off.

-Yeo on the Wild’s play

Tonight's healthy scratches are Stephane Veilleux, Jonathon Blum, Nate Prosser and Mike Rupp. Matt Cooke is out through Game 3 with a suspension.

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 enters Game 3 with an all-time record of 3-4 in the third contest of a series, having won three straight Game 3’s in overtime.

Broadcast Info In Case You Missed It
Wild vs. Chicago will be nationally in high definition on CNBC with a start time at 8 p.m. The game can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM or online at Get updates with the Wild’s official team app, here.     
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series schedule/results
DateScoreW. Goal
May 02 '14 MIN 2 at CHI 5 P. Kane
May 04 '14 MIN 1 at CHI 4 B. Saad
May 06 '14 CHI 0 at MIN 4 E. Haula
May 09 '14 CHI 2 at MIN 4 N. Niederreiter
May 11 '14 MIN 1 at CHI 2 J. Toews
May 13 '14 CHI 2 at MIN 1 - OT P. Kane
J. Toews9459+5613
B. Seabrook6279+41510
P. Kane9538+6802
B. Bickell9538+4610
M. Hossa9268+2610
D. Keith9257+6600
B. Saad9257+4201
A. Shaw7224+0810
B. Smith9123+5000
J. Oduya9123+3400
M. Rozsival9123+1200
P. Sharp9123+1400
N. Hjalmarsson9033-3400
M. Kruger9112+3600
N. Leddy8022-1400
K. Versteeg7022-1400
S. Brookbank4022+2000
M. Handzus9011-4200
B. Bollig8000-31200
J. Nordstrom4000-3000
J. Morin1000-1000
C. Crawford96-3202831.99.929
Z. Parise104913-2621
J. Pominville10178-2000
M. Granlund10437+4201
C. Coyle10336-2611
K. Brodziak9336-1200
M. Koivu10156-4800
D. Heatley8156+7400
E. Haula10235+0001
N. Niederreiter10235+0601
R. Suter10145-5410
M. Scandella10213+2000
J. Spurgeon10213-2000
M. Moulson10123+0400
C. Stoner10112+42400
J. Brodin10022+21000
C. McCormick10101+21400
J. Fontaine6011-2200
M. Cooke3011-1600
N. Prosser9000+31200
S. Veilleux4000+1400
K. Ballard1000+0000
D. Kuemper63-1111272.03.913
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