Blackhawks face quick turnaround against Wild tonight on CSN

Blackhawks face quick turnaround against Wild tonight on CSN
January 23, 2014, 8:30 am
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Nina Falcone

After falling to the Detroit Red Wings in a shootout on Wednesday night, the Blackhawks are playing their second of back-to-backs against the Minnesota Wild. Catch all of the action on Comcast SportsNet beginning at 6:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

The Blackhawks opened Wednesday's game with an early two-goal lead and gave fans plenty to cheer about in the third period and overtime. But that wasn't enough to make up for their rough second period as they fell to the Red Wings in a shootout.

[MORE: Blackhawks slip up in 5-4 shootout loss to Red Wings]

Now the defending champions are facing a quick turnaround and will play their second of back-to-backs tonight against the Minnesota Wild.

The Wild (27-20-5) are entering tonight's game following a shutout loss to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday. But prior to that game, the Wild had won three of their last four and seven of their previous nine matchups.

Point leaders

Blackhawks: Patrick Kane (23G, 35A), Patrick Sharp (26G, 25A), Jonathan Toews (17G, 32A), Duncan Keith (3G, 43A), Marian Hossa (21G, 22A)

Wild: Mikko Koivu (8G, 27A), Jason Pominville (19G, 14A), Ryan Suter (6G, 25A), *Zach Parise (15G, 12A), Nino Niederreiter (9G, 17A)

Parise is expected to return to the Wild's lineup after missing the last 14 games with a fractured foot.

Previous meetings

The Blackhawks and Wild have met three previous times this season; Minnesota tallied two of the three victories. 

These two teams will meet for their fifth and final time during the regular season on April 3.

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