The Blackhawks head to the State of Hockey to take on their divisional foe, the Minnesota Wild. The Hawks look to take their momentum from Friday into Saturday’s contest and register their second straight win since the end of the break. It would be the Hawks fourth straight win if they can take two points from the Wild. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00pm CST in Minnesota.
- Gustav Forsling has returned to the lineup after a long absence due to injury. There is a good chance he is getting the Michal Kempny treatment of last year, where he will play a lot leading up to the deadline. Don’t be surprised if the Hawks try to flip Forsling because of his age, cap hit (easy to move) and the hope for a high return on the young defenseman.
- The Minnesota Wild are a significantly different team from the last time they played the Blackhawks. The Wild have completed numerous trades to acquire the likes of Brad Hunt and Pontus Aberg. The largest trade to date was a one-for-one swap with Carolina to acquire Victor Rask for Nino Niederreiter. The Wild have added depth, so there is no doubt they will be a tough test tonight for the Hawks.
- Patrick Kane is arguably the best player in the whole NHL right now. Kane had four points (two goals, two assists) against his hometown team in Buffalo, New York last night. Kane is playing at an MVP type pace, and don’t be surprised if he is good for another two or three points tonight against the Wild. A player to watch has this season wears on is Kane’s current line mate Drake Caggiula. Caggiula had three points in the win over the Sabres last night and will look to keep that momentum that he, Toews and Kane have created on the top line.
Caggiula – Toews – Kane
DeBrincat – Strome – Kahun
Saad – Kampf – Kruger
Hayden – Anisimov – Kunitz
Keith – Seabrook
Dahlstrom – Murphy
Forsling – Gustafsson
Greenway – Staal – Coyle
Zucker – Koivu – Granlund
Parise – Rask – Aberg
Foligno – Fehr – Hendricks
Suter – Spurgeon
Brodin – Pateryn
Seeler – Hunt
Laugh It Off
After Patrick Kane drew a penalty last night against Tage Thompson, it’s clear he wasn’t happy with the call. As he tells the ref… “he dives every f***ing time”.
Thompson after his "hit" on Kane:
— Cristiano Simonetta (@CMS_74_) February 2, 2019
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