Minnesota Wild vs. Chicago Blackhawks Game 5: Keys for Each Team

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Minnesota Wild vs. Chicago Blackhawks Game 5: Keys for Each Team
Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press

If the Chicago Blackhawks want to defend their Stanley Cup championship, they had better not resemble the team that lost its last two games to the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center.

The Blackhawks were the slower and less decisive team in both of those games. They dropped 4-0 and 4-2 decisions in Minnesota as the Wild outhustled and outworked them.

The Blackhawks have been challenged before in the playoffs and they have usually found a way to respond. It seems clear that captain Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are going to have to lead the way—or at least play a key role—if the Blackhawks are going to win the pivotal fifth game of this series.

Here's a look at the keys for each team in Game 5.

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