Nashville Predators 43-24-8
Chicago Blackhawks 42-25-8
Kane is motivated for Sunday night's game against Nashville
Only two points separate the Nashville Predators and the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference standings. Both teams have played 75 games. A win on Sunday would give Nashville a four-point cushion over the surging Blackhawks, winners of five straight games. A loss would bring the two teams to a tie with 94 points and only six games remaining in the regular season.
On Sunday, Nashville completes the back-end of their 10th set of back-to-back games. On Saturday night, the Predators beat the Winnipeg Jets by a 3-1 score. The Predators have a 7-3-0 record on the front end of back-to-back contests but are struggling in the second games with a 4-5-0 record.
One player to watch for the Blackhawks is Patrick Kane. Kane will be looking for revenge on Sunday afternoon in the form of two points in the standings. In the Daily Herald, Kane said that he took exception to comments made by Predators head coach Barry Trotz after Chicago’s loss to the Predators in February which handed the Blackhawks their ninth loss in the row. The comments eluded to Kane not playing a full 200-foot game. Kane points out that articles can be used as a motivating factor and that the team has turned things around since the 3-2 loss to Nashville on February 14th.
However, the Predators have played remarkably well against the Central Division this season posting a 14-3-3 record, which includes a 6-2-1 record on the road. Sunday’s game will be the final time the Predators visit the United Center during the regular season. This year, Nashville has posted a 3-0-1 record against the Blackhawks.
Nashville is looking for its 20th road win of the season on Sunday. It would be the third year in a row to pick up 20 wins away from Bridgestone Arena.
The Predators next play on Tuesday night when Nashville wraps up its season series against St. Louis.