Two games tonight. For some reason they've pushed Montreal-Tampa back a night, so those two teams will be playing both tomorrow and Thursday (while Anaheim-Calgary rests an extra day after tonight's game). Who said schedules had to make sense?
Blackhawks vs. Wild
8:00 EST, NBC, CBC
Chicago is up 2-0 on Minnesota heading into game three. There was a blackout at the Xcel Energy Centre last night and all the ice melted.
The Wild say there shouldn't be any issues for the game, but Chicago forward Bryan Bickell said that the ice was slower than usual following their morning skate.
Crawford gets the start for Chicago and looks to be okay after taking a slap-shot to the head in Game 2. Dubnyk is starting for Minnesota.
9:30 EST, Sportsnet, USA Network
Anaheim is also up 2-0 and Calgary has not looked good. They got trounced in Game 1 (6-1) and shutout in Game 2 (3-0). We'll see if they can get back into the saddle(dome) tonight. Ha. Perhaps less of a laughing matter: they're playing Sam Bennett tonight. This is his 10th game of the season, which means that Calgary will be burning a year off of his ELC. You can read about the pros and cons of playing him over at Matchsticks and Gasoline. Karri Ramo starts for Calgary after saving 42 of 45 shots in Game 2. Fredrick Andersen is starting for Anaheim