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National Hockey League
Preview
Chicago at Minnesota
When: 8:00 PM ET, Thursday, October 11, 2018
Where: Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota

The Chicago Blackhawks have stormed out of the gates offensively, while the Minnesota Wild have done anything but. Minnesota hopes to break out as it comes off a four-day layoff to host its Central Division rival Thursday.

Chicago has scored a total of 15 goals over its first three contests but needed overtime to decide each one, including a 7-6 setback against Toronto in its home opener Sunday. Captain Jonathan Toews (five goals) and Patrick Kane have been major contributors for the Blackhawks, combining for nine of their tallies as each enter the matchup with six points. The Wild, meanwhile, have scored once in each of their first two games but came away with a point versus Vegas on Saturday as they began a three-game homestand with a 2-1 shootout loss. Defenseman Matt Dumba scored versus Vegas after registering a career-high 14 goals last season while Zach Parise tallied in Minnesota's season-opening 4-1 defeat in Colorado.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, WGN (Chicago); FS North, FS Wisconsin (Minnesota)

ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS (2-0-1): Toews, who already has recorded 25 percent of his goal total from last season and is three shy of 300 for his career, was named the NHL's Second Star of the Week on Monday. The 30-year-old tallied in each of Chicago's first three contests, scoring in overtime Saturday to complete his fifth career hat trick in a 5-4 triumph at St. Louis. Kane made history against Toronto, becoming the first player to record two game-tying goals in the final 90 seconds of regulation.

ABOUT THE WILD (0-1-1): Luke Kunin, who suffered a torn ACL on March 4 that ended his rookie season, has been cleared for game action and assigned to Iowa of the American Hockey League. "I'm very excited. It's the longest I've been not playing a game my whole life, I think," the 20-year-old center, who notched two goals and two assists in 19 contests in 2017-18, told the team's website. "I understand the process. (Minnesota) is where I want to be, and I'm not there, so that drives me and I'm gonna do whatever it takes to get up there." Devan Dubnyk has kept the Wild in their first two games, allowing three goals on 80 shots for a .963 save percentage.

OVERTIME

1. Blackhawks LW Andreas Martinsen (back), who did not play against the Maple Leafs, missed Tuesday's practice and is day-to-day.

2. Both teams have yet to score on the power play, with Chicago going 0-for-10 and Minnesota 0-for-5.

3. Chicago recalled LF Alexandre Fortin from Rockford of the American Hockey League on Tuesday.

PREDICTION: Blackhawks 4, Wild 1
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Chicago 2-0-1-0 L1 0-0-1-0 2-0-0-0 0-0-0-0 2-0-1-0 1-0-0-0
Minnesota 0-1-0-1 L3 0-0-0-1 0-1-0-0 0-0-0-0 0-1-0-1 0-1-0-0
Last Meeting
Chicago Minnesota
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
2/10/18 CHI 0 MIN 3 44 16 0-4 19 44 1-4
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Chicago A. Anisimov 0
Minnesota C. Coyle 2
Goals Player  
Chicago A. Anisimov 0
Minnesota C. Coyle 2
Assists Player  
Chicago A. Anisimov 0
Minnesota M. Dumba 1
Saves Player  
Chicago J. Glass 16
Minnesota D. Dubnyk 44
Season
Total Points Player  
Chicago P. Kane 11
Minnesota J. Zucker 5
Goals Player  
Chicago J. Toews 8
Minnesota C. Coyle 3
Assists Player  
Chicago E. Gustafsson 6
Minnesota J. Brodin 3
Saves Player  
Chicago C. Ward 115
Minnesota D. Dubnyk 156
Quickchart Matchup
Chicago Off vs  Minnesota Def
5 GF
2.5 GA
34.7 Shots
41 Shots
0 PP
1 PK
Minnesota Off vs  Chicago Def
1 GF
4.67 GA
25.5 Shots
29.7 Shots
0 PP
4 PK