By Scott King
The Blackhawks know they can’t take the Minnesota Wild lightly. Despite eliminating the Wild the last three years in-a-row in the postseason, the Wild trounced the Hawks in February at the NHL’s stadium series game in Minnesota at TCF Bank Stadium 6-1. Sunday night, it will be the Hawks looking for revenge this time around.
“There’s no doubt we have to use a little bit of a fire coming off of the loss we had at the outdoor game,” said Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews. “I think we have to recognize more than anything, the team has a little bit of a chip on their shoulder based on the history we have in the playoffs. So we can imagine if it was the other way around we’d be the exact same way.”
“The last game I don’t really have a good explanation for,” said Hawks head coach Joel Quenneville. “We’re looking for a better response, obviously, to that game. We’ve had real close games with them and we know that you’ve got to be willing to play it tight and patient. Got to be willing to play that kind of game.”
Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 PM Sunday night at the United Center.
Goaltender Scott Darling is set to make his third consecutive start for the Hawks Sunday night.
Goaltender Corey Crawford is still day-to-day with an upper body injury.
Forward Marcus Kruger is slated to make a return during the Hawks’ upcoming road trip to Canada next weekend. Kruger had surgery to repair a dislocated left wrist on December 18.