W2W4: Blackhawks vs. Wild (Game 5)
May, 11, 2014
By Scott Powers
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.