Minnesota hosts Chicago after Kaprizov’s 2-goal game
Chicago Blackhawks (22-30-9, seventh in the Central) vs. Minnesota Wild (35-20-4, third in the Central)
St. Paul, Minnesota; Saturday, 2 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: The Chicago Blackhawks visit Minnesota after Kirill Kaprizov scored two goals in the Wild’s 4-2 win against the Bruins.
The Wild have gone 8-8-1 against division opponents. Minnesota is second in the Western Conference averaging 6.2 assists per game, led by Mats Zuccarello with 0.8.
The Blackhawks are 4-11-5 against Central opponents. Chicago has given up 42 power-play goals, killing 76.1% of opponent chances.
In their last meeting on Feb. 2, Minnesota won 5-0.
TOP PERFORMERS: Kaprizov leads the Wild with 75 points, scoring 32 goals and adding 43 assists. Kevin Fiala has three goals and eight assists over the last 10 games for Minnesota.
Patrick Kane has 68 total points while scoring 19 goals and totaling 49 assists for the Blackhawks. Dylan Strome has seven goals over the last 10 games for Chicago.
LAST 10 GAMES: Wild: 4-5-1, averaging 3.4 goals, 5.5 assists, 4.6 penalties and 10.6 penalty minutes while giving up 3.6 goals per game with an .874 save percentage.
Blackhawks: 4-5-1, averaging 3.8 goals, 6.2 assists, 4.2 penalties and 9.3 penalty minutes while allowing 3.7 goals per game with an .886 save percentage.
INJURIES: Wild: None listed.
Blackhawks: Connor Murphy: out (concussion protocol).