Originally written March 31, 2012 on Fang Faction:
The Nashville Predators start a three game home stand against the Chicago Blackhawks on a Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena. The Nashville Predators' record this season is 45-25-8 with 98 points and ranked 4th in the Western Conference. The Chicago Blackhawks' record this season is 43-26-9 with 95 points and ranked 6th in the Western Conference. Puck drops at 7:08 PM CT.

Future Playoff Match-Up?

Western Conference
# Team GP P ROW 1 X-Blues 78 106 44 2 Y-Canucks 78 105 41 3 Kings 78 90 33 4 X-Predators 78 98 41 5 X-Red Wings 78 97 39 6 Blackhawks 78 95 37 7 Stars 78 89 35 8 Coyotes 78 89 32 9 Sharks 78 88 31 10 Avalanche 80 88 32 TV/Radio Coverage

Coverage in Nashville: FS-TN and 102.5 The Game

Coverage in Chicago: WGN and WGN 720

Season Series Date Away Home Result 10/31 NSH CHI 4-5 CHI 1/21 CHI NSH 2-5 NSH 1/24 NSH CHI 3-1 NSH 2/14 CHI NSH 2-3 NSH 3/25 NSH CHI 6-1 NSH Line Up News

Projected Starting Goalies: Name W L OT SV % GAA #35 Pekka Rinne 42 17 8 .923 2.40 #50 Corey Crawford 28 17 6 .902 2.75 Projected Nashville Scratches: #15 C Craig Smith, #18 W Brandon Yip, #23 W Brian McGrattan (Upper Body), #33 C Colin Wilson, #38 D Jack Hillen, #49 D Ryan Ellis and #72 W Jack Maclellan

Projected Chicago Scratches: #2 D Duncan Keith (Suspension), #5 D Steve Montador (Concussion Like Symptoms), #19 C Jonathan Toews (Upper Body), #20 D Sami Lepisto (Concussion Like Symptoms), #17 C Brendan Morrison and #39 W Jimmy Hayes

Chicago Blackhawks Players to Watch: Name G A #81 Marian Hossa 29 46 #88 Patrick Kane 20 41 #10 Patrick Sharp 31 34 NHL Games To Watch For: Blue Jackets @ Blues at 7 PM, Kings @ Wild at 7 PM, Ducks @ Coyotes at 8 PM, Flames @ Canucks at 9 PM and Stars @ Sharks at 9:30 PM

Thoughts on Both Teams

The Chicago Blackhawks enter this game off a 4-3 shootout victory over the St. Louis Blues. The Blackhawks record in their last ten games is 7-1-2, so they are hot right now. Chicago is looking to change the odds tonight, as the Predators have dominated this series so far. Corey Crawford is most likely to get the start for the Blackhawks, but because of his bad record this season against them, Ray Emery could be the starter. Chicago has a few key injuries to their line-up. Jonathan Toews could be cleared for contact soon with an upper body injury. Steve Montador is out indefinitely with an upper body injury, as well. Sami Lepisto is out indefinitely with a lower body injury. 

The Nashville Predators enter this game off a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings at the Joe Louis Arena, last night. Tonight will be the second of their back-to-back. The Predators record in the last ten games is 5-4-1, which is average. Nashville needs to carry over the play that was performed last night, if they want to continue the dominance over the Chicago Blackhawks. Just about everyone is healthy, except Brian McGrattan, whom is out indefinitely with an upper body injury. Pekka Rinne should be getting the start, as that means he will be playing back-to-back nights. 
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