Nino Niederreiter is averaging 1.43 points per game against Chicago since 2015-16.
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It isn’t quite an immovable force meeting an unstoppable object, but something has to give when the Minnesota Wild host the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night.
The Blackhawks enter the Xcel Energy Center as the hottest road team in the NHL, having won six straight away from home. Only two teams have a longer road winning streak this season: Columbus (8) and Minnesota (7).
Chicago’s numbers in February are eye-popping: six games with four or more goals, a plus-15 goal differential and 40 percent power-play efficiency.
However, as we know, the Wild are no slouches.
Minnesota has a chance to extend its lead in the Central Division over Chicago, which is currently seven points with a game in hand.
The Wild just happen to be 8-0-1 against the Blackhawks in the last nine meetings (the only victory for Chicago was in overtime a couple of weeks ago).