NHL on NBCSN: Wild can clinch with a win in Chicago

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NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign tonight as the Chicago Blackhawks host the Minnesota Wild at the United Center, with puck drop at 8:30 p.m. ET. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.

The Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks meet for the fifth and final time of the season tonight at the United Center.

Minnesota has lost three of four meetings with Chicago this season, but can clinch a playoff berth in the Western Conference with a win Tuesday night.

The Wild will clinch a berth with a win and a L.A. Kings loss in Edmonton.

Minnesota (44-27-8) has lost three straight (0-2-1) for the first time since Jan. 10-13 after a 2-0 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night. The Wild enter tonight’s contest riding a franchise-best 10-game road winning streak.

Devan Dubnyk is expected to make his 38th consecutive start. Since Feb. 10, Dubnyk is 4-0-1 in the second half of back-to-backs while posting a 1.17 G.A.A. and a .967 save percentage.

The Blackhawks (48-25-6) will look to make up ground on the St. Louis Blues for top spot in the Central Division following a 2-1 loss to St. Louis on Sunday night.

Chicago is three points back of the Blues entering Tuesday night’s action.

Corey Crawford is the expected starter for the Blackhawks. Crawford is 2-1-0 with a 2.00 G.A.A. and and .952 save percentage in three starts against the Wild.

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews has a goal and six assists against the Wild this season.

Minnesota won the last meeting between the two clubs 3-0 on Feb. 3.