Blackhawks vs. Wild
Blackhawks Leading Postseason Scorer: Center Jonathan Toews (right), 8 points (3 goals, 5 assists).
Wild Leading Postseason Scorer: Left winger Zach Parise, 7 points (3 goals, 4 assists).
Blackhawks Expected Starting Goaltender: Corey Crawford, 1-1, 4.19 GAA, .850 SV%.
Wild Expected Starting Goaltender: Devan Dubnyk, 4-2, 2.32 GAA, .913 SV%.
Blackhawks Injuries: Left winger Kris Versteeg ("lower body") is questionable. Left winger Daniel Carcillo ("upper body") is out.
Wild Injuries: Right winger Jason Pominville (illness) is probable. Defenseman Keith Ballard (head) is on injured reserve.
Blackhawks with Stanley Cup bling: Left wingers Bryan Bickell, Carcillo, Brandon Saad, Patrick Sharp, Kris Versteeg, goaltenders Corey Crawford, Antti Raantta, defensemen Niklas Hjalmarsson, Duncan Keith, Johnny Oduya, Michal Rozsival, Brent Seabrook, centers Marcus Kruger, Brad Richards, Andrew Shaw, Toews, right winger Marian Hossa.
Wild with Stanley Cup bling: Left winger Matt Cooke.
Something worthwhile about the Blackhawks: The Blackhawks have the highest team goals against average of any team still active in the postseason with 3.50.
Something worthwhile about the Wild: The Wild has the best power-play conversion percentage in the posteason at 33.3 percent.
Something useless about the Blackhawks that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: The shortest road overtime playoff game in Blackhawks history lasted 12 seconds. Center Pit Martin scored the winning goal in a series-clinching 6-5 win against the Penguins in Game 4 of a 1972 quarterfinal series.
Something useless about the Wild that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: Former Penguins assistant coach Mike Yeo is tied with Jacques Lemaire for most postseason coaching wins in Wild history with 11.
Former Penguins on the Blackhawks: Pro scout Dennis Bonvie, Carcillo (Carcillo was a former Penguins prospects but never played for the NHL team), Hossa, assistant general manager Norm MacIver, Rozsival.
Former Penguins on the Wild: Defenseman: Cooke, general manager Chuck Fletcher, defenseman Jordan Leopold, player development coach Richard Park, assistant coach Darryl Sydor, head coach Mike Yeo.
Who needs to be the difference for the Blackhawks: Crawford. The Blackhawks' goaltending was below par in the first round with the juggling between Crawford and backup goaltender Scott Darling. The Blackhawks need more stability in net this round.
Who needs to be the difference for the Wild: Defensemen Ryan Suter (above), Jonas Brodin, Marco Scandella, Jared Spurgeon, etc. Despite their goaltending issues, the Blackhawks still have an explosive offense. The Wild's defense need to find a way to limit it.
Best Blackhawks YouTube Video We Could Find: Blackhawks defenseman Chris Chelios' series-series clinching overtime goal in a 4-3 win against the Canucks in Game 4 of a 1995 Western Conference semifinal series:
Best Wild YouTube Video We Could Find: A goal by Wild center Sergei Zholtok in Game 2 of a 3-2 win against the Canucks in Game 2 of a 2003 Western Conference semifinal series:
EN Prediction: The Blackhawks were able to beat the Predators in the first round due to the wide open nature of that series. The Wild is a much more disciplined team and won't give up a ton of goals. The Wild has an edge in net and will pull this series out. Wild 4-3.
(Photos: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images and Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)