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Thursday, December 5th (All times Eastern)

Chicago Blackhawks (20-5-4) at Minnesota Wild (16-8-5), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Blackhawks will try to bounce back from their first loss in weeks when they visit the Minnesota Wild for Thursday's encounter at Xcel Energy Center.

The Blackhawks had a season-high six-game winning streak snapped with Tuesday's 4-3 regulation loss against visiting Dallas. It was Chicago's first loss since a 5-1 setback in Colorado on Nov. 17 and the club's first home defeat since dropping a 3-2 overtime decision against Calgary on Nov. 3.

Chicago will try to get back in the win column in Thursday's road tilt in St. Paul. The Blackhawks lead the NHL this season with 11 road wins and have won six in a row as the guest since the loss in Denver on Nov. 17. All told, the defending Stanley Cup champions are an impressive 11-3-1 way from the Windy City this season.

The Blackhawks and Wild have played two of their five scheduled meetings this season, with each team winning a game on the road. Chicago slammed the Wild, 5-1, in St. Paul when the clubs last met on Oct. 28, as Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad each tallied a goal and an assist to lead the way in the rout.

Chicago has taken three of the last four meetings with the Wild and boasts an 11-2-4 record over the past 17 encounters in this series. Minnesota also has lost six of its last eight home tilts versus the Blackhawks, who are 7-0-3 during a 10-game point streak at Xcel Energy Center.

Despite falling behind 3-0 to the Stars on Tuesday, the Blackhawks were able to make a game of it. Patrick Sharp, Nick Leddy and Marcus Kruger scored second-period goals for Chicago to tie the tilt at 3-3, but Antoine Roussel scored on a penalty shot in the third to deliver the win for Dallas.

Corey Crawford gave up all four goals on 18 shots for the Blackhawks.

"We were able to get ourselves back into the game, but weren't able to finish it off," said Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville. "It was a dud to start, but it wasn't a total dud game for us."

Blackhawks forwards Michal Handzus and Andrew Shaw did not make the trip to St. Paul and will miss tonight's contest. Handzus sat out Tuesday's game due to an illness, while Shaw was injured on a check during the loss to Dallas.

The Wild are aiming for a second straight win tonight after halting a four- game losing streak in Monday's 2-0 home win against Philadelphia. Josh Harding made 21 saves to record his third shutout of the season for Minnesota, while Jason Pominville and Charlie Coyle scored 57 seconds apart in the third period to account for both of the game's goals.

Pominville snapped a 0-0 stalemate 3:52 into the final frame. He was the beneficiary of hard work by Mikko Koivu, collecting the captain's behind-the- net pass and beating Flyers goaltender Ray Emery from the doorstep.

Coyle scored from almost the exact same spot. Emery kicked out Jared Spurgeon's slap shot right to Coyle and he buried the puck into an open net. The Flyers were still unable to solve Harding despite two power plays and Emery on the bench for an extra skater for the final three-plus minutes.

"They pressured us hard in the third and (Harding) was the difference," Pominville said.

Monday's win improved Minnesota's home record this season to 11-3-2. After Thursday's outing in St. Paul, the Wild will play four of five and eight of their next 10 on the road.

12/05 10:44:54 ET

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Pittsburgh 4/21 7:00 PM ET
Columbus NBCSN, CBC, ROOT, FSN-OH
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Colorado 4/21 7:00 PM ET
Minnesota TSN, NHL Net, Altitude
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St. Louis 4/21 8:30 PM ET
Chicago CNBC, CBC, FSN-MW, CSN
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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
12:05pm Today
NOR
DUR
 
Final
CLE 6
TOR 4
Final
DET 2
ANA 1
Final
NYM 4
ATL 3
Final
MIA 3
SEA 2
Final
PIT 2
MIL 3
Final
WAS 3
STL 2
Final
TAM 1
NYY 5
Final
KAN 3
MIN 8
Final
CHC 2
CIN 8
Final
TEX 2
CWS 16
Final
OAK 4
HOU 1
Final
LOS 4
ARI 1
Final
COL 9
PHI 10
Final
SDP 3
SFG 4
Final
BOS 6
BAL 5
11:05am Today
BOS
BAL
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
CIN
7:05pm Tonight
CLE
KAN
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
ANA
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CWS
7:10pm Tonight
ATL
MIA
7:10pm Tonight
NYM
STL
8:05pm Tonight
CHC
ARI
8:10pm Tonight
MIL
SDP
8:40pm Tonight
COL
SFG
10:05pm Tonight
OAK
TEX
10:10pm Tonight
SEA
HOU
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
Final
CHI 93
WAS 102
Final
HOU 120
POR 122
8:00pm Tonight
OKC
MEM
10:30pm Tonight
LAC
GSW
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
Final
BOS 4
DET 1
Final
MON 3
TAM 2
Final
SJS 7
LOS 2
7:00pm Tonight
MIN
COL
7:00pm Tonight
CLB
PIT
8:30pm Tonight
CHI
STL
9:30pm Tonight
DAL
ANA
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
12:05pm Today
NOR
DUR