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Wild vs. Blackhawks: How Chicago Will Extend Point Streak Tuesday Night

Chicago right winger Patrick Kane
Chicago right winger Patrick KaneJonathan Daniel/Getty Images
Josh SachnoffContributor IIIMarch 5, 2013

The Chicago Blackhawks continued to make history in Detroit on Sunday when they extended their point streak to 22 games.

Can the Hawks extend that streak to 23 when the Minnesota Wild come to town Tuesday night?

Tuesday, March 5: Minnesota Wild @ Chicago Blackhawks 8:30 PM ET

The fact that Chicago continues to win close game after close game is almost to the point of ridiculous. You want to talk about clutch? This team is as clutch as it gets.

Not only are the Hawks on a nine-game winning streak, but it does not appear they will be losing that momentum any time soon. 

What makes this game interesting is that the Wild were the first team to defeat the Hawks this season. On Jan. 30, the Wild pulled the upset and won 3-2 in an overtime shootout.

With revenge on Chicago’s mind, it will make this one a bit more interesting to watch. 

How the Hawks defeat the Wild will be quite simple: scoring goals in crucial situations and having stellar play in net. It seems rather obvious, but this is how they have won most of their games this season. 

There has been no player better on the Hawks this season than right winger Patrick Kane. Kane is the reason why Chicago is even in this position to extend their point and winning streak.

Just when everyone thought the streak was over on Sunday and the Hawks would suffer their first loss in regulation, Kane scored a goal with 2:02 remaining in the third period to knot things up at 1-1.

Then in the overtime shootout, Kane scored an impressive game-winning goal on Red Wing goaltender Jimmy Howard  to give the Hawks the 2-1 victory.

Kane currently has 11 goals and 15 assists on the season. Look for Kane to play a big role in making plays in the offensive zone. His quickness on the ice is what presents opposing teams problems. 

Not to mention, Kane will have center Dave Bolland back in the lineup after Bolland missed the past five games with an upper-body injury

On the defensive end, the Hawks will have goaltender Corey Crawford in net again tonight.

Crawford returned against Detroit on Sunday and turned away 32 of 33 shots. He currently has a save percentage of .945 and continues to come up with big saves when the game is on the line. The Hawks are currently only giving up 1.7 goals per game, which ranks No. 1 in the league. 

Look for the Hawks to get revenge on the Wild and continue the streak Tuesday night. 

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