WATCH LIVE: Blackhawks at Wild – Wednesday Night Rivalry

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The Minnesota Wild haven’t been able to match – let alone pass – the Chicago Blackhawks since they became bigger spenders and hopeful contenders in the Central Division and Western Conference.

Is that all changing this season?

The Wild certainly seem as legitimate as they’ve ever been with Bruce Boudreau steering the ship. Young players seem like they’re reaching potential like never before, and even some old faces are suddenly looking fresher, including Jason Pominville and Eric Staal.

Can they shake the Blackhawks this season, though? Nights like these will help build arguments one way or another as the top two teams in the Central square off on Wednesday Rivalry Night on NBCSN.

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