*This is a new concept, a brief, digestible pre-game level-setter. Enjoy!
1. Power Play. The Wild has no momentum with the man-advantage the last handful of games. Getting a power play is step one. Then cashing in on it is step two.
2. Offense from the defense. Russo highlighted the distinct lack of scoring the Wild blue line has generated so far. It starts with defenseman getting shots on goal. I'll be counting those tonight.
3. Riled up 'Hawks. When Chicago gets 50 shots on goal, and only gives up 18 SOG, you figure they won, yes? Not in their last game, a 4-3 regulation loss to Dallas. How fired up and focused the Hawks are - and how well the Wild handles that - is a huge key, especially early. If the Hawks get up by a couple early....