Chicago Blackhawks (46-21-15) at Minnesota Wild (43-27-12)
|Date & Time||Tuesday May 13, 2014, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Minnesota Wild +115 / Chicago Blackhawks -127 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Minnesota Wild return home looking to force a game seven while the Blackhawks can book their trip back to the Western Conference finals with a victory.
The Blackhawks escaped with a 2-1 victory on Sunday at the United Center and now hold the upper hand heading into Minnesota as they can clinch the series with a victory on Tuesday night. Chicago didn’t have their best game on the whole in their game five victory but to come away victorious and not play your best is a boost to the team’s morale and confidence as they know they can get it done when it matters most. Corey Crawford was brilliant once again in the Chicago crease as his winning ways at the United Center continued but he and the Hawks need to find a way to win on the road as they are just 1-5 outside of Chicago in these playoffs. Chicago knows very well that the last win in a series is the toughest to get and with the Wild playing with a ton of confidence on home ice they can expect another tight game against a team who will be playing desperate hockey.
The Wild face elimination for the third time in these playoffs and they’ll look to improve that mark to an unblemished 3-0 with a win in front of what should be a very loud and electric crowd at the Xcel Energy Center. Minnesota is a very scrappy team that a ton of people underestimated coming into the postseason but they showed a ton of resolve by battling back against the Avs in the opening round and again here against the defending Cup champions. Minnesota has just a single road victory so far in the postseason but that came in a deciding game seven against Colorado and if they’re going to do the same here to the Hawks they’ll need to find some magic deep down, but getting to that point first is a must. Minnesota has been ridiculous on home ice while the Hawks have been sluggish on the road which sets up and interesting paradox between these two teams heading into Tuesday’s game six. The Wild come in getting plus money which on paper makes sense but I just don’t see it yet as I expect this series will go the distance. Minny was the better team in game five despite suffering the loss and now they head home where they haven’t lost yet in the postseason and need to win to keep their season alive and they’re an underdog? Jump on it quick.