Yet another huge game for the Minnesota Wild tonight, or as presidential candidate Donald Trump might call it, “yooooooge.” The Wild gets a chance for a quick rebound from last night’s loss to Vancouver with a showdown against the Stanley Cup champs.
Chicago currently trails the Wild by two points in the standings, so obviously the two available points are going to be enormous.
In an interview I did with renowned Chicago Blackhawk fan blog, Blackhawk Up, I pointed out that the Wild’s last visit to Chicago on January 25 (also Chicago’s most recent home game) was a major reason for the Wild’s stellar play and confidence of late. I was at that game, and in the first period, I remember watching the Blackhawks send wave after wave of superstars into the offensive zone and thoroughly dominated with the puck. I remember looking at Wild PR guru Ryan Stanzel, and wondering what scientist created these cyborgs and put them in cool black uniforms.
Then, the second period started, and the Wild matched them the rest of the way, eventually cruising to a 4-2 victory. Yes, the Hawks aren’t the same team as the 2009-10 version. But they are very talented, and that road win had to give the Wild confidence that they could play in any situation.
The same lineup that played that night will be out there again tonight. The only change will be Jose Theodore getting the start in goal. Marek Zidlicky did not travel with the team, so his return will have to wait until at least Friday night against Anaheim.
That’s it from here in Minnesota. Tonight’s game will be nationally televised on Versus at 7:00 p.m.