Blackhawks at Wild
Where? When? Television?
Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN; 6:30 p.m.; Versus
Where they stand
Blackhawks: 18-8-4 (40 points) - First in Central Division, Second in Western Conference
Wild: 20-8-3 (43 points) - First in Northwest Division, First in Western Conference
The Blackhawks are coming off a 3-2 OT victory against the Sharks on Sunday night. Patrick Sharp scored the game-winning goal at the 4:26 mark of overtime. Andrew Brunette had some late heroics, scoring a goal to tie the game at the 18:54 mark of the third period. Ray Emery picked up the victory in his second straight game since taking over for Corey Crawford.
The Wild fell, 2-1 to the Jets on a late goal in third period by Jeff Little of Winnipeg. Guillaume Latendresse scored the only goal for Minnesota and Mikko Koivu and Dany Heatley added assists.
The stars have been shining bright for Chicago this month. Sharp leads the Blackhawks in goals (5) and points (8) in the month of December. Marian Hossa, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane have each notched seven points in December.
Minnesota has spread around the wealth so far this month. Kyle Brodziak leads the team in goals (4) and is tied in points (6) with Koivu and Pierre-Marc Bouchard.
The Blackhawks are looking for their third straight victory and trying to state their case for why they're the top team in the Western Conference.
Can Emery continue his winning streak since taking over for Crawford?
How will the 'Hawks fare against Minnesota's stingy defense, who has only allowed 2.10 goals per game?
Between the pipes
Emery for the Blackhawks
Undecided for the Wild
Blackhawks 2, Wild 1
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Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and alternate captain Duncan Keith had to be separated during Tuesday's morning skate after the two appeared to get into a confrontation.
The two three-time Stanley Cup champs wrestled to the ice, with Toews pinning Keith down. Assistant coach Sheldon Brookbank broke the pair up.
“Just a little friendly wrestling," Toews said of the bout. "Were ready to go. It’s a big game tonight. I think the whole point of morning skate is to get going and we’re ready now.”
Blackhawks head coach Jeremy Colliton also made light of the situation following the skate.
"You got a brother?" Colliton asked Chicago Tribune reporter Jimmy Greenfield, who asked about the altercation. "I do too and I got two boys at home, so I've seen that movie before."
Things have been looking up for Chicago, which is three points out of a WIld Card spot and riding a five-game winning streak with one game left before the All-Star break.
"I don't know," Patrick Kane said with a laugh regarding the kerfuffle. "I think they were just messing around, I'm not really sure what happened there."
The Hawks welcome coach Joel Quenneville back to the United Center for the first time since he was fired on Nov. 6 of 2018 Tuesday night. Quenneville now coaches the Florida Panthers, third in the Atlantic Division.
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Former Blackhawks head coach and current Florida Panthers head coach Joel Quenneville sits down with NBC Sports Chicago Blackhawks Insider Charlie Roumeliotis and as they discuss his transition to a new job, parallels he sees from his young Hawks team and his current young Panthers team, and his feelings about returning to Chicago. Pat Boyle, and Scott King also discuss their memories about Coach Q and his impact on not only the Hawks, but the sport as well.
(1:34:) - Thoughts and memories of Coach Q
(4:13) - Quenneville's impact on his players
(11:02) - Coach Quenneville's sit down interview**
(24:02) - Reaction to the Quenneville interview
(25:56) – Calgary game still bothers Quenneville
(29:52) - How fans will react to Quenneville's return
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