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Thursday, May 1, 2014
Blackhawks to play Wild in second round

By Scott Powers

The Chicago Blackhawks will play the Minnesota Wild in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Wild clinched their first-round series against the Colorado Avalanche with a 5-4 overtime win in Game 7 on Wednesday. The Blackhawks advanced to the second round by defeating the St. Louis Blues in six games. The Blackhawks clinched their series Sunday.

The Blackhawks possess home-ice advantage over the Wild. The first two games of the series will be played at the United Center in Chicago. Game 1 will be at 8:30 p.m. on Friday.

The Wild and Blackhawks met five times in the regular season. The Wild won 5-3 in Chicago on Oct. 26, 4-3 in Minnesota on Dec. 5, and 2-1 in Minnesota on Jan. 23. The Blackhawks defeated the Wild 5-1 in Minnesota on Oct. 28 and 3-2 in a shootout in Chicago on April 3.