W2W4: Blackhawks vs. Wild (Game 5)

May, 11, 2014
May 11
12:56
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Powers By Scott Powers
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild face off in Game 5 of their Western Conference second-round series at the United Center on Sunday. Here's what to watch for:

  • Both teams are perfect at home with 5-0 records in the playoffs. The Blackhawks defeated the Wild the first two games at the United Center, the Wild won Games 3 and 4 at the Xcel Energy Center. The Blackhawks still have home-ice advantage in the series.

  • Thirteen of the series’ 22 goals have been scored in the third period. The Wild have outscored the Blackhawks 8-5 in third periods. The Wild have an NHL-best 16 third-period goals in the playoffs.

  • The team which has scored the game’s first goal has won every game in the series.

  • Blackhawks forward Brandon Bollig was suspended two games for his hit on Wild defenseman Keith Ballard in Game 4. Ballard suffered an upper-body injury and will not play in Game 5.

  • Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw will sit out a fourth consecutive game due to a lower-body injury. Wild forward Matt Moulson will miss a second consecutive game with a lower-body injury.

  • Wild goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov has stopped 72-of-81 shots for a .889 save percentage in the series. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford has made 89 saves on 99 shots for a .899 save percentage in the series.

  • Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is shaking up his lines again. During the morning skate on Sunday, his lines were Bryan Bickell-Jonathan Toews-Kris Versteeg, Brandon Saad-Marcus Kruger-Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp-Michal Handzus-Marian Hossa, Joakim Nordstrom-Peter Regin-Ben Smith. Versteeg was a healthy scratch in Game 4, and Regin hasn’t appeared in a playoff game this season.

  • The Wild have shut out the Blackhawks’ power play over the last three games after allowing two goals in Game 1. The Wild have scored power-play goals in the last two games after being shut out the first two games.

  • Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa has eight points in the series, including seven assists. Wild forward Zach Parise has four points in the series and a team-high 14 points in the playoffs.

  • Blackhawks forwards Jonathan Toews and Smith and defensemen Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook had their worst Corsi percentage (shot differential) games of the season in Game 4.
  • Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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