Blackhawks Game 1 Notes For Friday vs. Minnesota
* The Wild beat the Blues, 4-1, in Game 6 to win their First Round series versus St. Louis. Minnesota has now won a playoff series in consecutive years for the first time in franchise history and is looking to win two series in a single postseason for the second time in team history (beat Colorado, 4-3, in the 2003 First Round and beat Vancouver, 4-3, in the 2003 Conference Semifinals before losing to Anaheim, 4-0, in the 2003 Conference Finals).
* The Blackhawks beat the Predators, 4-3, in Game 6 of their First Round series versus Nashville, winning the series in the process. Chicago has now won at least one playoff series in three consecutive years for the first time since winning at least one playoff series each year from 1970 to 1975.
* The Blackhawks have won each of their two playoffs series versus the Wild all-time, beating Minnesota, 4-1, in the 2013 First Round and again the next year, 4-2, in the 2014 Second Round. However, the Wild are 3-0 versus the Blackhawks in postseason play when scoring at least three goals, and 0-8 when they fail to do so.
* The Blackhawks won three of five games played versus the Wild this season, winning each of the first three games in the head-to-head series while scoring at least four goals in each game and losing each of their last two games versus Minnesota, being outscored 5-1 in the process.
* Zach Parise scored two goals in Minnesota’s series-clinching win over St. Louis on Sunday, his second career postseason game with at least two goals as a member of the Wild (the most by a Minnesota Wild player all-time).
* Jonathan Toews had three goals and five assists in the First Round series versus the Predators. His eight points in the First Round are tied for the most by any player in this postseason’s First Round (also the Blues’ Kevin Shattenkirk).