The Chicago Blackhawks learned on Wednesday who they will face in the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. After defeating the St. Louis Blues in the first round, the Blackhawks were set to face either the Colorado Avalanche or the Minnesota Wild. The series between the Avalanche and Wild went the distance with game 7 being played on Wednesday night.
The series between the Avalanche and Wild had a fitting end. After the teams ended regulation of game 7 tied at 4, Nino Niederreiter scored the game-winning goal for the Wild in overtime. Meaning, the Blackhawks will play the Wild in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Game 1 between the Wild and Blackhawks will be on Friday at the United Center. The Blackhawks start the series with home-ice advantage.
In the regular season series with the Wild, the Blackhawks played Minnesota five times while only winning two of those games. Though, in the most recent game between the Blackhawks and Wild on April 3, the Blackhawks came away with a 3-2 shootout victory.
The Blues certainly tested the Blackhawks in the first round and the same can be expected from the Wild. The Wild were on the brink of being eliminated by the Avalanche before winning two straight games to advance to the second round.