Game 2 of playoffs tomorrow night for Wild
CHICAGO - The Minnesota Wild continue to prepare for tomorrow night's Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Chicago earned a 2-1 overtime victory in Game 1 on Tuesday. After tomorrow's game, the series will shift to Minnesota for Games 3 and 4 on Sunday and Tuesday, respectively. Minnesota returned to St. Paul after the Tuesday loss and will practice today at the Xcel Energy Center before leaving for Chicago this afternoon. Tomorrow's game begins at 8:30 p.m.
The Wild have recalled goaltender Darcy Kuemper from Houston of the AHL. Kuemper went 1-and-2 with a 2.08 goals-against-average in six games with the Wild this season. He also was 13-and-8 with a 1.88 GAA in 21 regular season contests with Houston and 1-and-1 with a 1.51 GAA in two playoff starts. He is added depth after the pregame injury to Niklas Backstrom on Monday. Wild coach Mike Yeo yesterday would not comment specifically about Backstrom's injury or on the status of his No. 1 goaltender for the game.
Here is the best-of-seven series schedule and results for the NHL Quarterfinal matchup between Minnesota and Chicago:
Tuesday (4/30): Chicago 2, Minnesota 1 (overtime-final; CHI leads series 1-0)
Friday (5/3): Wild at Blackhawks, 8:30pm
Sunday (5/5): Blackhawks at Wild, 2pm
Tuesday (5/7): Blackhawks at Wild, 8:30pm
Thursday (5/9): Wild at Blackhawks, if necessary, TBA
Saturday (5/11): Blackhawks at Wild, if necessary, TBA
Sunday (5/12): Wild at Blackhawks, if necessary, TBA
Soldier Field will play host to NHL hockey next year. The league announced that the Blackhawks and Penguins will face off at the home of the NFL's Bears on March 1, 2014. It's just one in a series of outdoor games the NHL is planning for next season. The Blackhawks previously hosted the Red Wings at Wrigley Field in the Winter Classic on New Year's Day in 2009. The Pens played outdoor Winter Classic games in 2008 at Buffalo and 2011 against Washington. And, Soldier Field hosted the Hockey City Classic this past winter for a series of college games that included the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin.
Columbus Blue Jackets forward Marian Gaborik, a former Wild star, needs abdominal surgery. The surgery takes three to four weeks to recover from, which will force Gaborik to miss the IIHF World Championships. Gaborik was going to play for Slovakia. The operation was expected to potentially take place yesterday, but at the latest will happen today.