The Minnesota Wild will play the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup 2014 Playoffs on Friday night. Both teams will be desperate to get their series off to a winning start, and fans can expect an explosive night on the ice. The game takes place from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, and will start at 9.30 p.m. ET. The game can be watched on TV on the NBC network or online through free live stream (details below).
These same two teams met in the first round of the Playoffs last season, and this year they will be facing off for a place in the Western Conference Finals. Quite a rivalry is being built between the two, and the Wild will be eager to gain revenge for the loss last year.
In 2013 the Blackhawks managed to defeat the Wild over five games in the first round of the Stanley Cup 2013 Playoffs, and they would be pleased if they can pull off a similar result this time around as well. However, the Wild are even better this season, and they will be confident of providing a bigger challenge for Chicago this series.
Confidence will be high in the Minnesota dressing room. They have a Playoffs series win under their belts, and managed to win through in dramatic style. They will be hoping that the momentum of that win can help them get ahead from the start here tonight against the Blackhawks.
But the Blackhawks are one of the most experienced and Playoff-seasoned teams in the NHL. The core of their team has won the Stanley Cup twice already, and they will use all the experience to make life on the ice as difficult as possible for the Wild.
Make no mistakes, this second round battle is a much greater challenge for the Minnesota team and they will have to be right at the top of their game to win this series. They may have managed to record a 3-1-1 season over the Blackhawks in the Central this season, but the Chicago team is one that usually rises to the big occasion and shows its true self in the postseason.
Tonight's game between the Minnesota Wild and the Chicago Blackhawks will start at 9.30 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on the NBC network or online through free live stream by clicking here.