Originally posted on Fang Faction  |  Last updated 4/7/13
After the Chicago Blackhawks got the best of the Nashville Predators Saturday afternoon in a 1-0 regulation victory, they faceoff again, but this time at the Madhouse on Madison. The Predators are ranked 12th in the Western Conference with 38 points and a record of 15-16-8. The Blackhawks are 1st in the Western Conference with a 28-5-4 record and 60 points. Puck drops at 6:07pm CT. TV/Radio Coverage Nashville: Fox Sports Tennessee and 102.5 The Game Chicago: CSN-Chicago and 720 WGN Season Series Date Away Home Result 2/10 CHI NSH 3-0 CHI 4/1 NSH CHI 2-3 CHI SO 4/6 CHI NSH 1-0 CHI Line Up News Starting Goaltenders: Name W L OT GAA SV% #35 Pekka Rinne 14 12 7 2.27 .915 #50 Corey Crawford 15 4 4 2.01 .922 Projected Nashville Scratches: #28 C Paul Gaustad (groin) and #57 W Gabriel Bourque (upper body); #33 C Colin Wilson (IR; upper body) Projected Chicago Scratches: #22 W Jamal Mayers, #32 D Michal Roszival and #36 C Dave Bolland (lower body); #10 W Patrick Sharp (IR; questionable, upper body) Projected Lines Nashville #74 Sergei Kostitsyn Austin Watson #12 Mike Fisher #56 Taylor Beck #11 David Legwand #27 Patric Hornqvist #16 Rich Clune #15 Craig Smith #19 Bobby Butler #13 Nick Spaling #17 Chris Mueller #24 Matt Halischuk #6 Shea Weber #59 Roman Josi #8 Kevin Klein #64 Victor Bartley #75 Hal Gill #7 Jonathon Blum #35 Pekka Rinne #30 Chris Mason Chicago #20 Brandon Saad #19 Jonathan Toews #81 Marian Hossa #13 Dan Carcillo/#10 Patrick Sharp #16 Marcus Kruger #88 Patrick Kane #29 Bryan Bickell #26 Michal Handzus #25 Viktor Stalberg #52 Brandon Bollig/#13 Dan Carcillo #65 Andrew Shaw #67 Michael Frolik #2 Duncan Keith #4 Niklas Hjalmarsson #6 Nick Leddy #7 Brent Seabrook #27 Johnny Oduya #17 Sheldon Brookbank #50 Corey Crawford #30 Ray Emery Chicago Blackhawks Players to Watch: Name GP G A #88 Patrick Kane 37 19 25 #81 Marian Hossa 30 13 10 #20 Brandon Saad 36 8 13 Quick Hits from the Predators • Nashville is allowing the fifth fewest shots against the season – 27.2 per game. • The Predators have limited the opposition to a single goal or less in 13 of 39 games this season. • Gabriel Bourque – who has missed the past three games – has eight points (5g-3a) in his last 11 games, and seven goals in his last 15 games. Bourque leads the team in goals (11), with seven coming on the road. • Bobby Butler has four assists/points in his last six games after being held scoreless in his first five games in a Preds sweater. • Roman Josi has nine points (2g-7a) in the last 12 games. He recorded 11:08 of his 27:54 of total ice time yesterday against Chicago in the final period. Josi is averaging 23:28 of ice time this season, up more than five minutes from his rookie season (18:23). • Pekka Rinne leads the NHL in both games played (37) and minutes played (2,085:21). Who scores the first goal of the game for Predators? Win a Preds player t-shirt, info here.
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