ST. PAUL, Minn. - 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.
"This is something we can hopefully draw upon from last series," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "You know, we had times where things didn't go our way and things were difficult, but the ability to come back and put everything else in the garbage, that's the only challenge."
"We've been here before," said Wild forward Charlie Coyle. "Right now, we just have to focus on the next one. That's all we have to do. We just did this last series, too, and we came out a got a win here. The crowd was great here and everything went well the next game."
Over that same two-week span 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.
But, this is a stronger Wild team than the one that lost in the first round to the Blackhawks last year in five games even if they've yet to prove they can compete with the defending Stanley Cup champions in the postseason.
The Wild is hoping that a little home cooking and a ton of fan support will give them a boost.
"It's a loud building, and they play well at home," said Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville. "It's a good hockey team. They play a tight game. They are very stingy in their own building. So we gotta make sure to do the best we can to quiet the crowd early and try to weather that storm."
"We have a chance to get reset, refocused here and energized with our crowd, which we know is going to be loud," Yeo said. "It's going to be an excited game. Hopefully that is what gets us jumpstarted here."
The Wild and Blackhawks face off at 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Xcel Energy Center. The game will air on CNBC. Join KARE11.com for a special in-game chat 30 minutes before the game starts.