Tuesday, May 13, 2014
W2W4: Blackhawks vs. Wild, Game 6
By Scott Powers
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild face off in Game 6 of their Western Conference second-round series at the Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday. The Blackhawks lead the series 3-2. Here's what to watch for:
The home team has won every game in the series. The Wild are 5-0 at home in the playoffs, and the Blackhawks are 6-0. The Wild have outscored the Blackhawks 8-2 in Minnesota, and the Blackhawks outscored the Wild 11-4 in Chicago.
The Blackhawks are traditionally good in closeout games. They're 11-2 when able to clinch a series in the last six seasons.
The Wild faced the same situation in the first round. They were down 3-2 to the Colorado Avalanche and won the next two games to take the series.
Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw will miss a fifth consecutive game due to a lower-body injury. Blackhawks forward Brandon Bollig is serving the final game of his two-game suspension for an illegal hit on Wild defenseman Keith Ballard in Game 4. Ballard will return to the Wild's lineup after missing Game 5 due to an upper-body injury.
Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa has nine points in the series. He has one goal and eight assists.
Wild forward Zach Parise had four points in the series and a team-high 14 points in the playoffs.
The Wild are 2-of-14 on the power-play in the series, and the Blackhawks are 3-of-12.
Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford has made 116 saves on 127 shots for a .913 save percentage. He stopped 28-of-29 shots in Game 5.
Wild goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov has made 98 saves on 109 shots for a .899 save percentage in the series.
Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews scored his fourth game-winning goal of the playoffs in Game 5. He has five goals and five assists in the playoffs.