Mikael Granlund fired five shots on goal Tuesday night, but was unable to beat Chicago's Corey Crawford in a 1-0 loss to the Blackhawks.
Granlund scored a goal in the series-opening defeat, but has not recorded a point in either of the last two games. The Wild now find themselves backed into a corner trailing 3-0 and only a miracle can prevent them from becoming Round 2 casualties.
Devan Dubnyk managed to block 21 of 22 Chicago shots Tuesday, but suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Blackhawks in Game 3 of their second round playoff series.
Despite a strong effort from the former Coyote, Dubnyk's Cinderella run may be nearing its conclusion this year as the Wild find themselves trailing the Hawks by a seemingly insurmountable margin of 3-0. No matter the outcome of the series, the Minnesota netminder's run of hot play will go down among the greatest streaks in NHL history.
Patrick Kane scored the only goal in Tuesday's 1-0 shutout win over the Wild in Game 3 of the Western Conference semi-finals.
Kane's triumphant return from injury at the start of the postseason has lifted Chicago to a new level and has made them seem unbeatable of late. Andrew Shaw and Patrick Sharp drew assists on Kane's sixth of the playoffs.
Corey Crawford was excellent on Tuesday night as he stopped all 30 shots he faced in a 1-0 win over the Wild to give the Blackhawks a commanding 3-0 series lead.
Crawford has managed to shake off a challenge from Scott Darling in round 1 of the playoffs and has excelled in the second round, allowing just four goals on 94 shots in three outings vs. Minnesota. The Stanley Cup winner has clearly returned to his top form and the Blackhawks are playing as well as they have in some time.
Tyler Wotherspoon and Corey Potter will be scratched for Game Three on Tuesday night against Anaheim.
Both defenders are of the defensive variety, and should not be of any consideration for your fantasy squad.
Drew Shore will be joined by Markus Granlund and David Wolf in the press box on Tuesday night for Game Three versus Anaheim.
Unfortunately, there simply isn't a lick of offensive potential between the three this season as exemplified by Granlund, who led the trio with 18 points in 48 regular season games.
For the sixth time in his career, Alex Ovechkin has been named a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award. The award, which commemorates Ted Lindsay in honor of him setting up the original Players' Association, is award to the "Most Outstanding Player" as voted on by the players.
For all the derision Ovechkin has received over his career, he was still voted by his peers "Most Outstanding Player" three consecutive seasons from 2007-10, and as a finalist in 2005-06 and 2012-13. As you probably already know, Ovechkin won his fifth Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy this season with 53 goals and became the sixth NHL player to record six career 50-goal seasons. He also led the league in power play goals with 25, game-winners with 11, and ranked fourth in points with 81 over 81 games played this season. All of which helped him earn his fifth Hart Memorial Trophy for league MVP finalist nomination to boot. It's beginning to look like Ovechkin will have the last laugh regardless of how his career finishes.
No line changes are expected for Anaheim as they take on Calgary in Game Three on Tuesday night.
Forwards Tomas Fleischmann and Jiri Sekac will be joined by defensemen James Wisniewski and Korbinian Holzer in the press box once again.