Found February 14, 2012 on Smashville 24/7:
7:00 PM CT – Blackhawks (29-20-7) @ Predators (32-18-6)Players to watch:CHI- Marian HossaHossa had a big effort the last time the ‘Hawks were in Nashville, but has gone pointless in six games since the break.NSH- Patric HornqvistHornqvist has been consistent since the middle of last month, picking up at least a point in eight of his last nine games.Starting goaltenders:CHI- Ray Emery (2011-12 stats: 11-6-2, 2.81 GAA)NSH- Pekka Rinne (2011-12 stats: 30-12-6, 2.42 GAA)Injury report:CHI- Niklas Hjalmarsson (concussion, out), Steve Montador (upper body, out), Dan Carcillo (knee, out)NSH- Brian McGrattan (upper body, questionable)Keys to the game:CHI- Capitalize on power play… During their eight-game skid, the Blackhawks have gone 1-for-21 on the man advantage, seeing the unit fall to 16th in the league. They have to take advantage on the power play tonight, especially since the Preds’ penalty kill hasn’t been effective recently (66.7 % efficiency in last seven games).NSH- Break Chicago...

Does Anyone Miss Niklas Hjalmarsson?

The Blackhawks have now been without defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson in three straight games, and have (obviously) lost all three. But have they really missed his presence on the ice? When Steve Montador was placed on IR, rookie Dylan Olsen was … Continue reading →

Ticket office success helping Preds win games

Not even two, three years ago, Bridgestone Arena selling out for a Predators game was a news item, a big deal. Not anymore. Dating back to last season, hockey fans in Nashville are starting to come out in droves, and it’s helping the Predators excel on the ice.The Predators have played in front of 16 sellout crowds in Smashville this season, matching last season’s total (not...

Ellis, Predators edge reeling Blackhawks

Nashville rookie defenseman Ryan Ellis rebounded in a big way for the Predators. After being listed as a healthy scratch against Boston on Saturday, Ellis bounced back with the go-ahead goal and the Nashville Predators handed the Chicago Blackhawks their ninth consecutive loss, 3-2 on Tuesday night. Ellis also added an assist for his third multipoint game of the season. '...

Predators Ice Girls Get Fans Fired Up in Nashville (Photos)

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Bowman: Quenneville not going anywhere

With his team mired in an eight-game winless skid, Chicago Blackhawks General Manager Stan Bowman says he has zero intention of changing coaches. Bowman told Comcast SportsNet Chicago that Joel Quenneville, who guided the Hawks to the Stanley Cup...

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NEW YORK -- Soon after finishing his media responsibilities Wednesday afternoon at Chelsea Piers, Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp went down the long row of benches looking for John Scott's shoes....

Know the Enemy: Wilson previews Chicago

Predators forward Colin Wilson takes a quick look at tonight's contest against the Chicago Blackhawks...

Fantasy hockey trades heading into the final stretch

    This is my first piece on Crash the Net, so I’ll take a moment to introduce myself. My name is John and I am an avid follower of the Chicago Blackhawks, but I love to watch all of hockey in general. I’ve been playing fantasy hockey for quite a few years now and in [...]

Roenick: Hawks can afford to deal Kane for G

The free-falling Chicago Blackhawks are in need of a goaltender, and they can afford to trade All-Star Patrick Kane to get one, former Hawk and current NBC analyst Jeremy Roenick said Wednesday.

Chicago Blackhawks (29-20-7) at Nashville Predators (32-18-6), 8 p.m. (ET)

The Chicago Blackhawks didn't look like a team ready to break out of their longest slump in four years the last time they hit the ice. Doing so against the Nashville Predators may prove difficult as well.

NHL roundup: Predators skate past slumping Blackhawks; Rangers beat Bruins

Ryan Ellis scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and added an assist and the Nashville Predators beat the Chicago Blackhawks, 3-2, on Tuesday. Ryan Suter and Nick Spaling also scored for the Predators. Bryan Bickell and former Red Wing Marian Hossa scored for the slumping Blackhawks, who are 2-8-1 in their past 11 games.
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