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Wild Return Home, Look to Erase 2-0 Hole

Updated: 05/06/2014 4:06 PM
Created: 05/06/2014 6:40 AM KSTP.com

Trailing by two games in this Western Conference semifinal against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Minnesota Wild were in same position just two weeks ago.
    
They lost the first two games at Colorado before rebounding at home to tie that series against the Avalanche and eventually win that round in seven games.
    
Over that two-week span, though, the Blackhawks are unbeaten. The Wild have not controlled the pace or generated chances to score like they did in those first two games at Colorado. They were outscored 9-3 by Chicago in the first two games.

Head coach Mike Yeo said he wants his team to create more power play chances. The Wild only made Chicago serve one penalty in Sunday's 4-1 loss at United Center.

If there's any silver lining here, it's that Minnesota has played some of its best hockey on home ice. The Wild are 3-0 at Xcel Energy Center in the postseason, and beat the Blackhawks two out of three times at home during the regular season.
    
This is a stronger Wild team than the one that lost in the first round to the Blackhawks last year in five games. But they've yet to prove they can compete with the defending Stanley Cup champions in the postseason.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Minnesota Wild's Charlie Coyle, left, controls the puck against Chicago Blackhawks' Marian Hossa during the second period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series in Chicago, Sunday, May 4, 2014.
Photo: AP/Nam Y. Huh

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