The Minnesota Wild will face in Game 1 the Chicago Blackhawks in an NHL playoff pro hockey game scheduled for Friday May 1st.
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Game time from Chicago is set for 9:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by NBC Sports Network.
The betting odds from Game 1 have the home side Chicago Blackhawks the -130 betting favorite with the return on the underdog Minnesota Wild at +110 odds. The goal total is set at five.
The teams met five times during the regular season with Chicago winning three of the five games all in regulation time. The three games held in Chicago saw the Blackhawks win two of three times.
Minnesota advances in the Western conference semifinals following the 4-1 home victory in Game 6 on Sunday to the St Louis Blues in the first round as a -120 betting favorite. The total finished at the closing line of five goals.
The Wild were up 2-1 after two periods and broke the game open with two goals in the third period. They had just 21 shots on net and were 0 of 1 on the power play. Zach Parise had two goals for Minnesota with Justin Fontaine and Nino Niederreiter contributed with the two other goals for the Wild. Goalie Devan Dubnyk turned away 30 of 31 shots.
Chicago is coming off the 4-3 home victory in Game 6 to the Nashville Predators on Saturday to advance past the first round as a -147 wagering favorite. The total finished at over the total of five goals.
The Blackhawks broke a 3-3 tie late in the third period with a Duncan Keith goal at 16:12. Chicago had 32 shots on net and was 1 of 2 on the man advantage. Keith had two assists to finish with three points. Jonathan Toews had a goal and two assists. Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp contributed with the other goals for the Blackhawks. Scott Darling was lifted after giving up three first period goals. Corey Crawford got the win as he turned away all 13 shots he faced.
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