The Blackhawks had both sides of their special teams working in Game 1. The penalty kill continued its success and killed off all three of the Wild’s power plays. The Blackhawks’ penalty kill is 30-for-32 in the playoffs. The Blackhawks also received two goals from their power play in Game 1. It was just the third time they scored multiple power-play goals in a game since Jan. 1.
Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford has been playing at a different level in the last five games. Since allowing four goals on 31 shots against the St. Louis Blues in Game 2 of their first-round series, he has made 156 saves on 164 shots for a .951 save percentage in the last five games. The Blackhawks won all five of those games.
Wild goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov will start for a second consecutive game. He allowed four goals on 21 shots in Game 1. He has stopped 55 of 67 shots for a .821 save percentage in the playoffs.
The Wild will be looking for forward Zach Parise to get going against the Blackhawks. He has one goal, one assist and a minus-7 rating against the Blackhawks in six playoff games against the Blackhawks the last two seasons. He had one assist and six shots on net in Game 1. He had 10 points against the Colorado Avalanche in the first round.