The Wild hope home will make the difference for them again. They dropped the first two games on the road against the Colorado Avalanche in the first round and got back into the series by winning at home. They were 3-0 at home in the first round.
The Blackhawks have not fared well in the first road game of a playoff series in some time. They have lost the first road game in their last eight series. They did so against the Wild in Game 3 of their first-round series last season. The Blackhawks won Game 4 in Minnesota and took the series in five games.
Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw will miss a second consecutive game due to a lower-body injury. He could return for Game 4 on Friday.
The Blackhawks have outscored the Wild 9-3 in the series and 5-3 in third periods.
The Blackhawks are riding a six-game winning streak, matching their longest winning streak of the regular season.
Wild goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov is expected to start Game 3. He's made 73 saves on 88 shots for a .830 save percentage in the playoffs.
The Blackhawks' penalty kill has been a reason for their playoff success. They have killed off 31-of-33 penalty kills in eight playoff games this season. The Wild are 0-for-4 on the power play against the Blackhawks and 3-of-25 in the playoffs.
Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford has been a major factor in the Blackhawks' winning streak. He has a 1.50 goals-against average and .951 save percentage over the last six games. He's stopped 174-of-183 shots during that span.
Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa has six points in the series. He had a goal and two assists in Game 1 and three assists in Game 2.
The Wild look to get some of their forwards going in Game 3. Zach Parise has two points and a minus-10 rating against the Blackhawks in seven playoff games in the last two seasons. Jason Pominville has one goal in the playoffs after leading the team with 30 goals in the regular season.
The Blackhawks' fourth line has been on the ice for all three of the Wild's goals in the series. The line's personnel was different each game.