The question before Sunday's Predators game against the Chicago Blackhawks was Nashville's exhaustion level. The Predators played the night before. The Blackhawks last played Wednesday. The Predators showed they had the necessary energy to defeat Chicago 6-1 in their home building.
The victory gave the Predators some important breathing room in the standings. Nashville now has 96 points to Chicago's 92. The Predators also jumped the Detroit Red Wings in the standings. Nashville has 96 points to Detroit's 95 -- though the Wings have a game in hand. The Predators also have 40 regulation and overtime wins, two more than Detroit and three more than Chicago.
The Predators said they got away from their defense-first game leading into the weekend. They had allowed 11 goals in their previous two games before Saturday. In their last two contests, the Predators allowed just two goals. Goaltender Pekka Rinne backstopped both. Their offensive output of six scores matched a season high.