The Wild have been down this road before; for the past two postseasons, to be exact.
In each of the last two years, the Blackhawks ended Minnesota's playoff run, but as both teams prepare to face off in the second round, the Wild feel this could be the year that trend changes.
"They're a great team, and they're always the team you've got to beat if you want to get out of the West," Zach Parise told Michael Russo of the Star Tribune. "These guys are, every year, they're Cup contenders. For us to get in that conversation with them, we've got to beat them.
"It's good for us to get another crack at them. I thought we had a good series with them last year. You want to go down and get on in Chicago and have a good start to the series."
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The Wild earned their playoff berth with a 2-1 victory against the Blackhawks back on April 7, a drastic departure from their previous trip to the United Center in January when Ryan Suter described every day as a "bad day" as the team's losses continued to pile up.
The Blackhawks and Wild met three times this season, and the Blackhawks picked up victories in the first three matchups leading up to that January game that seemed to push frustrations to a new level.
But just three days after that loss, the Wild picked up goaltender Devan Dubnyk, and that's when everything changed.
All of a sudden, the Wild started winning. Their chemistry was back as Dubnyk went on to have an incredible run that included victories in Minnesota's two remaining regular-season games against the Blackhawks.
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"We're a different team than we were then," Parise told CSNChicago.com after that April 7 game. "We're playing just better as a group from goaltending out. We're playing a better team game."
The incredible turnaround Minnesota's had this season was again on full display when the Wild sent the St. Louis Blues packing after a Game 6 win in the opening round.
Now the Wild — who are 0-6 against the Blackhawks at the United Center the past two postseasons — are confident they have what it takes to reverse the narrative against the Blackhawks, but they know it'll take a lot of hard work.
"We've had to be ready for a little while now just to get in," Jason Pominville told the Minnesota media. "We got in feeling good about our game, and it kind of snowballed through the first round. Now we're past the first one, we've got to look at what's ahead of us.
"But knowing that we've played these guys the last couple of years, it's not going to be easy. They're a good team. They're an elite team. They've proven it. We've got to be up for the task."