Chicago Blackhawks at Minnesota Wild Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 5/5/2014
Tuesday, May 5, 9:00 PM on CNBC, TSN, RDS2
Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minnesota
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The Chicago Blackhawks were able to maintain their home ice advantage by beating the Minnesota Wild 4-1 to take a 2-0 lead in their second round series. The Blackhawks had one of their most complete games of the playoffs so far by committing just one penalty in the game and holding the Wild to only 19 shots on goal.
Jonathan Toews scored his fourth goal of the playoffs 11 minutes into the first period to put the Blackhawks up 1-0. No goals were scored for over 28 minutes, but Chicago would double its lead with a minute remaining in the second period through a Brandon Saad tally.
Cody McCormick picked up his first goal of the playoffs two minutes into the third period to get the Wild back to within one. Their comeback attempt was shut down late in the game, though, when Bryan Bickell scored his fifth of the playoffs to put Chicago back up by two. Brandon Saad scored an empty net goal with less than a minute and a half remaining to give the hosts the 4-1 win.
Bickell finished with a goal and two assists for the Blackhawks, while Marian Hossa contributed three assists in the win. Netminder Corey Crawford had 18 saves for the hosts.
Ilya Bryzgalov had yet another poor showing in net for the Wild by stopping just 18 of the 21 shots he faced.
Chicago is 19-22 straight up on the road this season
Chicago is 21-20-0 against the over/under on the road this season
Minnesota is 26-14 straight up at home this season
Minnesota is 14-18-9 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
11/16/13 GO Nikolai Khabibulin Rotator Cuff out 4-5 months
11/05/13 C Brad Mills Ankle out indefinitely
05/04/14 C Andrew Shaw Lower Body questionable Tuesday vs. Minnesota
05/04/14 GO Darcy Kuemper Concussion questionable Tuesday vs. Chicago
05/02/14 LW Matt Cooke Suspension expected to miss Tuesday vs. Chicago
03/26/14 D Keith Ballard Groin out indefinitely
03/12/14 LW Jason Zucker Quad out for season
03/05/14 GO Niklas Backstrom Abdominal out for season
01/06/14 GO Josh Harding Illness out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Chicago
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