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?
Coverage in Nashville: FS-TN and 102.5 The Game
Coverage in Chicago: WGN and WGN 720
Line Up News
Projected Starting Goalies:
#35 Pekka Rinne
#50 Corey Crawford
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:
#81 Marian Hossa
#88 Patrick Kane
#10 Patrick Sharp
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.