After defeating the Red Wings in a shootout on Sunday, the Blackhawks have returned home and will host the Minnesota Wild tonight. Catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet, beginning with Blackhawks Pregame Live at 7:00 p.m.
The Blackhawks' record-setting point streak extended to 22 games on Sunday afternoon in their most exciting matchup so far this season. After trailing 1-0 in Detroit, Patrick Kane tied the game on a power-play goal with 2:02 left in the third period and went on to win it all for Chicago in a shootout.
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"We'll win any way we can," Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said Monday on SportsTalk Live. "It's great that we can win whether we're down a goal or two going into the third period. If we get up on a team, we've shown we can protect leads and kill big penalties. We're showing a lot of depth. The fact that we're getting great goaltending and we're getting some huge, huge goals all over our lineup, I think it makes us a tough team to beat."
Tonight, the Blackhawks will battle to extend that record further as they face off against Minnesota. The Wild (11-8-2) are coming into tonight's game off a win against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday, which made them one of six teams in the Western Conference with 24 points this season. Earning even just a single point against Chicago could boost them up from the No. 8 seed and put them in a tighter race with the Vancouver Canucks and Phoenix Coyotes.
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Minnesota is led by captain Mikko Koivu, who's recorded 17 points since the start of the shortened 2013 campaign. Zach Parise and Ryan Suter -- who were all the talk this offseason as they signed 13-year, $98 million contracts with the Wild -- follow closely behind with 15 and 14 points, respectively.
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As they prepare to take on the Blackhawks and hope to become the team that ends Chicago's historic point streak, the Wild realize their tough challenge ahead.
"It's a big challenge, we all recognize that," Koivu told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "But at the same time we have to look at it as a great opportunity for us. We have to be ready. It's not by accident where they are."
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