Game of the night: Chicago Blackhawks @ Nashville Predators 8:00 ET… TV: Local Networks Records: Overall: Blackhawks (43-26-9) … Predators (45-25-8) Away/Home: Blackhawks (16-18-4) … Predators (24-9-5) Last 10: Blackhawks (7-1-2) … Predators (5-4-1) Season Series: 4-1 Preds
Starting goaltenders: CHI- Corey Crawford (2011-12 stats: 28-17-6, 2.75 GAA) NSH- Pekka Rinne (2011-12 stats: 42-17-8, 2.40 GAA)
Injury report: CHI- Sami Lepisto (left leg, out), Jonathan Toews (concussion, out), Dan Carcillo (ACL, out), Steve Montador (concussion, out) NSH- No injuries
Three things to watch: 1. Playoff implications Even though the Predators and Red Wings are still ahead of the Blackhawks in the standings, a sudden winning or losing streak could change the seeding of all three organizations. A win in regulation not only puts the Blackhawks into the postseason, it would give them the same amount of points as the rival Wings. And while the Preds and Wings look destined for the 4-5 spot, nothing is set in stone; especially with the Blackhawks set to face the Minnesota Wild in two of the next four games. 2. Can the Preds hold up on back-to-back nights? Tonight's game is the last of a grueling schedule as the Preds try to better their playoff positioning. After tonight's game, the Preds play two of the next three at home and face the Wild, Avs and Stars. Following a hard-fought battle against the Red Wings last night, will the Predators have enough stamina to make it past the Blackhawks? Considering they boast a full line of extra forwards which includes promising youngsters like Craig Smith and Colin Wilson, you can expect head coach Barry Trotz to be creative with his roster. 3. Firepower vs. Firepower Three years ago this Blackhawks club was known for their firepower with Toews, Kane, and Hossa all up front and Keith and Seabrook on the back end. Years later, the Preds can match that with Martin Erat and Alexander Radulov at forward complimented by Shea Weber, Ryan Suter and Pekka Rinne. Expect the stars to shine tonight in Smashville.
Final thoughts: Following a big win in Detroit, the Predators can further solidify their home-ice positioning with a win. If Pekka Rinne can withstand another barrage of offense, they should be able to hold up. Tough to bet against a club with just a wealth of depth and talent built around a hard-working system. Prediction: Predators 3, Blackhawks 2
The rest of today’s predictions: Flyers over Senators Bruins over Islanders Lightning over Jets Sabres over Maple Leafs Capitals over Canadiens Devils over Hurricanes Blues over Blue Jackets Kings over Wild Ducks over Coyotes ---
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Crosby achieved the plateau in the second period at Buffalo on Friday night, when he set up James Neal's power-play goal. It was Crosby's third point of the night after he assisted on Evgeni Malkin's goal and also scored in the first period.
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Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby briefly went to the locker room when he was bloodied after taking a puck to the face during Thursday's game.
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If you're looking at Friday night's 4-1 loss to those same Predators, you wouldn't necessarily prefer that matchup.
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The bad news? The Preds lost to the Blackhawks. The good news? They’re still in fourth place.
In front of yet another sold out crowd inside Bridgestone Arena, the Predators mounted a tremendous four-goal comeback but allowed a late fifth goal in an emotional 5-4 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.
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DETROIT (AP) -- The Nashville Predators moved ahead of the Detroit Red Wings in the race for home-ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs and gave their coach a milestone.
Gabriel Bourque and Francis Bouillon scored in the second period and Pekka Rinne made 31 saves to help Nashville beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 on Friday night for Barry Trotz's 500th victory with...
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