The Chicago Blackhawks are clearly the playoff nemesis for the Minnesota Wild. In three of the last four campaigns -- 2013, 2014 and 2015 -- the Blackhawks have ended Minnesota's season with a playoff series win. With Minnesota currently seven points ahead of Chicago (with a game in hand) in the race for the best record in the Western Conference, there is plenty at stake when the teams meet at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday.
Shayne Gostisbehere's career night helped the Philadelphia Flyers to a morale-boosting victory in their push for a playoff spot. The second-year defenseman set up each one of his team's goals for his first three-point game in the NHL, and the Flyers beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Sunday. ''It's good to get some points, but I think it was more important to get the two points for our team,'' Gostisbehere said.
Patrick Kane felt a little sheepish for being a little too emotional during a fist-pumping celebration after extending Chicago's lead to four goals in the third period. The Blackhawks coasted to a 5-1 win over the Sabres on Sunday night. Then again, Kane only gets to play in his Buffalo hometown once a year.
|Puck Daddy||Chicagoin 7||Great, gritty battle between two teams loaded with big names and quality grunts. The Hossa Hex ends, much to our chagrin.|
|Sam McCaig||Chicagoin 6||Chicago's depth, skill and speed will prove to be too much for Philadelphia to overcome, and the 'Hawks can keep pace physically with the Flyers.|
|Ross McKeon||Chicagoin 6||The 'Hawks are poised to win their first Cup since 1961, but if we’ve learned anything from these playoffs it’s to expect the unexpected.|
|Matt Romig||Chicagoin 6||Give the 'Hawks the edge in skill, speed and special teams. Philly brings enough intangibles to extend an otherwise one-sided series.|