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We did generate a lot of shots on net. The second and third opportunities are where we needed to capitalize.” Chicago now heads out on the road, where it’s dropped three of four. “You worry about your next game and next shift as a player,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “That’s your objective to bring the focus, bring the motivation of doing the right things and that’s what it’s all about.” The Blackhawks haven’t visited the Twin Cities since eliminating the Wild with a 2-1 overtime victory in Game 6 of last year’s Western Conference semifinals. Chicago took this season’s first meeting 5-3 on Dec. 16 as Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Brent Seabrook each recorded a goal and two assists. The Blackhawks have taken three straight and 13 of 19 matchups, including playoffs. Kane has four goals and four assists during a five-game point streak in the series, giving him 21 points in his last 21 regular-season meetings. Minnesota (18-15-5) has managed 26 goals during a 2-4-4 slump. The Wild suffered a 7-1 loss at Dallas on Saturday before falling 4-3 in overtime to San Jose on Tuesday, their fourth OT defeat – all coming in the past nine contests – and fifth loss overall in six home games. “We can hang our heads, we can feel sorry for ourselves, we can point fingers,” coach Mike Yeo told the team’s official website. source:–nhl.html

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This will be the Blackhawks first visit to Minnesota since eliminating them in six games in last years conference semis. * Minnesota boasts the best penalty-kill percentage at home in the NHL this season at 91.8, while allowing just five goals with the man advantage on its home ice tied with the Blackhawks for the fewest in hockey. The Wild own a record of 1-1-4 over their last six home games. * The Blackhawks have dropped three of their last four road games after winning each of their previous six away from home. Despite the loss, Chicago had a season-high 54 shots on goal against Colorado on Tuesday and is averaging an NHL-leading 35.9 shots on goal overall. * Jason Zucker had a career-high three points (2g, 1a) against San Jose on Tuesday and has three goals in his last three home contests. Zucker, who is tied for the Wild lead with a career-high 14 goals this season, has one point (an assist) in five career regular-season meetings with Chicago. * Patrick Kane has four goals and three assists during his current five-game point streak on the road. Kane has at least one point in each of his last five regular-season games against Minnesota (4g, 4a), while lighting the lamp in two straight and four of those five contests. * Jonathan Toews had one goal and two assists in the first matchup between these clubs this season his only three-point game of 2014-15. Including the postseason, Toews has just one point (an assist) in his last nine road games against the Wild. source:

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Kane has already scored 19 goals in his first 40 games. If he can maintain his pace, he will blow by his career high during the second half of the year. Look for Kane to stay hot in the second half of the season and score at least 35 goals this season. Teuvo Teravainen Will Slowly but Surely Prove His Value Bill Smith/Getty Images Teuvo Teravainen was probably losing patience as he skated for the Rockford IceHogs. The Blackhawks likely wanted him to get used to the more physical North American style of hockey. However, one can assume he was tired of biding his time in the American Hockey League and waiting for the big club to call. When Kris Versteeg was knocked out of the lineup after taking a shot to the left hand in the Winter Classic, the Blackhawks made their move. They called up Teravainen to take Versteeg’s spot, and he has looked like a regular in his first two games with the Blackhawks this season. He has played more than 10 minutes in each game , and his ability to find the open man with his passes should not be overlooked. He also has excellent on-ice vision, and this will pay dividends for the Blackhawks this season. source:

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“They were the better team tonight, for sure, and we dodged a bullet.” Crawford is 3-0-0 with a 1.59 GAA in his last four games against the Oilers. Chicago’s five straight wins in the series have come by a 26-10 total, including a 7-1 win in Edmonton on Nov. 22 to begin the season series. Kane has nine points in those wins and 23 on a 13-game point streak in the series. Edmonton (9-23-9) should be well rested after last playing in Tuesday’s 4-2 home loss to Detroit. Jordan Eberle scored twice and has four goals and an assist in four games. It lost the game on the penalty kill, where it was 3 for 6 and is 5 for 10 in the last two games. Chicago is 6 of 23 (26.1 percent) on the power play over six games. The Oilers are 0-4-5 against the Central and are trying to join the rest of the NHL with a double-digit win total on the third date of a four-game homestand. Ten games into Todd Nelson’s term as interim coach, the team is trying to evolve into a more aggressive forecheck. Thus far, the Oilers are 2-4-4 under Nelson, and while they continue to allow far too much on the back end (3.33 goals per game in that time), they’ve seen at least some improvements offensively. source:

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The only non-Chicago All-Star in the group is Buffalo Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons, who was the leading vote-getter in the six-week campaign with 1,574,896. The All-Star game, the NHL’s first in three years, will be held on Jan. 25 in Columbus, Ohio. The remaining roster of players will be announced on Jan. 10. Kane (1,232,201 votes) and Toews (1,217,210) finished second and third behind Girgensons. Keith (1,198,173) was next, and first among defensemen, and followed by Seabrook (1,016,992), who was sixth overall. Crawford (1,099,504) was one spot ahead of him to win the goalie vote. Fans cast more than 35 million votes, up 52 percent from 2012 the last time the NHL held an All-Star game. Nearly 27 percent were cast by fans outside of North America a 7,000 percent increase from three years ago. There was no game in 2013 due to an NHL lockout, and none last year because of the league’s participation in the Winter Olympics. source:


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