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Wild looks to even playoff series tonight

ST. PAUL - The Wild look to even up their Western Conference quarterfinal series with the Blackhawks tonight in Game 4 at the Xcel Energy Center.

Minnesota clipped Chicago 3-2 in overtime in Game 3 on Sunday on rookie Jason Zucker's goal. The Blackhawks still lead the best-of-seven set two-games-to-one.

Yesterday, Wild veteran Jason Pominville practiced for the first time this postseason. After tonight's game, the series will shift back to Chicago for Game 5 on Thursday. Tonight's game is set to face off at 8:30 p.m.


The Wild have called up defenseman Matt Dumba and forward Carson McMillan from AHL Houston. The 18-year-old Dumba appears in five games with Houston after spending most of the season with Red Deer in the WHL. Dumba began the season with the Wild. McMillan played in 64 regular season games for Houston this season.


Forward Dave Bolland and goaltender Ray Emery will not play for the Blackhawks tonight in Game Four against the Wild. Each player did practice yesterday despite a lower-body injury. Goalie Corey Crawford did not practice yesterday, but was just resting after starting all three games of the series according to head coach Joel Quenneville.


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): Chicago 5, Minnesota 2 (CHI leads series 2-0)

Sunday (5/5): Minnesota 3, Chicago 2 (overtime-final; CHI leads series 2-1)

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