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It’s official: Blackhawks open playoffs against Wild

Apr 27, 2013, 11:25 PM EDT

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Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville was often glued to a nearby TV to find out which West team would take the eighth seed on Saturday, according to the Chicago Tribune. He got his answer soon enough: the top seed Blackhawks will take on the big-money Minnesota Wild.

Minnesota faced a scare for the eighth spot from the Columbus Blue Jackets, but the Wild got the job done tonight thanks in part to hard work from key free agent acquisitions Ryan Suter and Zach Parise. They’ll need continued strong work from that dynamic duo if the Wild hope to upset the Blackhawks.

Patrick Kane didn’t seem to put too much weight in Chicago’s 2-0-1 regular season mark against Minnesota. He told the Chicago Tribune that the Wild aren’t a team to be taken lightly.

“When they play like they want to, they can score four or five goals a night and keep it out of their net with maybe one of the best defensemen in the league (in Ryan Suter),” Kane said. “It’s a dangerous team. You definitely have to be careful with them. They’re a team that I’ve watched throughout the year and it seems like one night they look like the best team in the NHL and the next night they look like they don’t even want to be out there.”

The Blackhawks haven’t faced a Minnesota team in the playoffs since they lost a 4-2 series to the North Stars in 1991, but with long-term deals for Parise and Suter, this could very well be the beginning of a new rivalry.

  1. blackhawks2010 - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Lets go Hawks!

  2. vstar1us - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Hope to see a good first round, Go Wild Go………….

  3. greatminnesotasportsmind - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    This series is going to go 6 games. The 2-0-1 record vs the Wild is a little misleading.

    The Wild beat them 3-2 at Xcel Energy Center in a shoot out when Chicago was on their historic run to open the season.

    Chicago beat them 5-3, after the Wild gave up 4 goals in the first period. I believe Chicago scored half way through the 3rd to make it 5-3.

    Chicago beat them 1-0 at Minnesota a few weeks ago. Kane scored the loan goal on a bad pass coming out of the defensive zone.

    The Wild can play with them, I don’t expect them to beat Chicago, but at least win a couple. It’s playoff hockey, and anything can happen.

    • hawksandsawx - Apr 28, 2013 at 2:13 AM

      Hossa scored that goal in the 1-0 game. I don’t quite see how the record is misleading. It is what it is. The Hawks beat them twice, in games they certainly out-played the Wild, and the game that went to a shootout was an even game. Every team in the playoffs can obviously play, but its tough to see the Hawks, who haven’t lost in regulation with Patrick Sharp in the line-up, losing more than a game to the wild

  4. profsudz - Apr 28, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    As a guy who has watched every wild game this year, Kane was spot on with his assessment.

    They can look downright deadly when they are in the groove, and they can also look like 20 dudes who were partying like Patty Kane the night before and taking shots of Edmonton ladies’ chest until 4 in the morning.

  5. ashtongronholz8 - Apr 28, 2013 at 5:31 AM

    U clearly don’t know playoff hockey. after that statement you seem like a classic city boy that doesn’t know squat about hockey . Hawks are far from an easy series regardless of having sharp

  6. lordfletcher - Apr 28, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Wild fan that’s happy they made it but isn’t expecting much in this series. Hopefully its not embarrassing

    more than anything I am sad Columbus didn’t make the playoffs. Nice going coach Richards. Hopefully you guys get the 1st pick to make up for the disappointment.

    Go wild

  7. comeonnowguys - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    I’m sorry, this is a little too damn deja vú for my tastes.

  8. getadealdonealready - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    As a wild fan, I’m not sure what to expect with this team, I can see it ranging from a sweep, to us being able to make it a 6 or 7 game series, with that said it’s playoff’s anything can happen, and while their goal tending has been good this year I’ll take a match up against a team that knows in the back of it’s mind that can be a weakness. While you never want to face the best team in the league, I think the Wild matchup better with the Hawks then then they do the teams with the bigger more physical forwards, so LET”S PLAY!

    • se7enbladez - Apr 28, 2013 at 6:19 PM

      I dont see that happening to the hawks. Last year L.A. played very well down the stretch. The wild backed in. In an 82 game season I think they would have missed the playoffs.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Apr 29, 2013 at 1:26 AM

        Except the Wild didn’t back in. They either needed Columbus to lose, which they didn’t or beat Colorado, which they did. Had Minnesota not beaten Colorado, they wouldn’t have backed into the playoffs, they’d be making tee times for Tuesday.

  9. juice1818 - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    So, you’re saying there’s a chance??? Go Wild!!

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