Found March 31, 2012 on Inside Smashville:
Nhl_youngstars_portraits_aabc

Season Series

Chicago Blackhawks 43-26-9

Nashville Predators  45-25-8

  Alexander Radulov #47 Of The Nashville Predators Celebrates

Radulov has five points in five games for the Predators this season.

The Nashville Predators reclaimed fourth spot in the Western Conference standings with their 4-1 win over Detroit on Friday night. Now, just shy of 24 hours later, the Predators will try to put some distance between themselves and their Central Division rivals when they host sixth place Chicago Blackhawks at Bridgestone Arena.

The Blackhawks are only three points behind the Predators in the standings, and each team has four games remaining, including Saturday night’s tilt. Tonight’s game will be the second time this week the Predators play the Blackhawks on the back end of back-to-back contests. On Sunday, Nashville beat the Blackhawks 6-1 at the United Center.

Chicago remains without Norris Trophy winning defenseman Duncan Keith who will be serving the fourth game of a five-game suspension he received for an elbow to the head of Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks. Sedin is out of the Canucks lineup with a concussion, but the team hopes to have him back by the start of the playoffs.

Besides Keith, Jonathan Toews is out with a concussion and Steve Montador is out of the lineup with a suspected concussion.

The Predators have returned to being a healthy team as Martin Erat, Roman Josi and Jordin Tootoo all returned to the lineup against Detroit on Friday.

With a playoff berth on the line for the Blackhawks, Chicago is not likely to allow the Predators to dictate the pace of the game. Chicago has not found much success against the Predators this season, losing the last four games against Nashville. With a 4-0-1 record against Chicago this season, the Predators are looking to win their fifth consecutive game against the Blackhawks this season. Nashville has a 21-12-6 all-time record against the Blackhawks at Bridgestone Arena.

The Predators have the second-best intra-division record in the Western Conference at 16-4-3 and the third-best in the League this season, behind only Boston with their 17-4-1 record and Vancouver with a 16-4-1 record.  Arguably, however, the Central Division is much stronger than either the Northeast or Northwest divisions. No other Northwest Division team is currently in playoff position in the Western Conference and only Ottawa is currently in a playoff position besides Boston in the Northeast. Four Central Division teams will make the post season with three already clinching their playoff berths including St. Louis, Nashville, and Detroit.

After tonight, the Predators play three more games in the regular season, two at home including Minnesota on Tuesday and Dallas on Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena. The regular season wraps up a week from tonight when Nashville visits Colorado.

THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Erat blames undisciplined play for Predators 5-4 loss to Chicago

After being down 4-0 in the second period, the Nashville Predators managed to score four goals of their own to tie the game but fell short losing 5-4 to the Chicago Blackhawks in front of a sold out Bridgestone Arena on Saturday night. Undisciplined play led to six power play opportunities for the Blackhawks who managed two tallies with the man advantage. Predators forward Martin...

Preds counting on Radulov in playoffs

Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz has said that almost as soon as his team was eliminated in the second round of last year's playoffs, he realized how close his team was. The Predators scored 11 goals in the series; Vancouver scored 13 on Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne a two-goal differential over six games between advancing and elimination. Vancouver, of course, went on...

Legwand picks up 500th career NHL point in Predators 5-4 loss to Chicago

After the Nashville Predators posted its 500th franchise win on Friday night, another milestone was reached Saturday in the Predators 5-4 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. Center David Legwand picked up his 500th career NHL point. The Predators first ever draft pick assisted on two goals to become the first player in franchise history to post 500 career points with 187 goals and 313...

Preds pop Wings, give coach milestone

Gabriel Bourque and Francis Bouillon scored in the second period and Pekka Rinne made 31 saves Friday night to help the Nashville Predators beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 for coach Barry Trotz's 500th victory with the franchise. Nashville moved a point ahead of Detroit with four games left in the regular season to be the fourth-seeded team with home-ice advantage in the first...

The morning after: On a milestone night, Predators clip Wings 4-1

By Seth Lake In what was likely a meeting between two teams facing each other in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs beginning in a little over a week from now, the Nashville Predators and Detroit Red Wings each came into Friday night’s meeting at Joe Louis Arena coming off of losses to divisional opponents. Both teams were looking to right the ship as they battle for the...

Howard, Wings fail to stop surging Predators

DETROIT -- Things could change, but the Red Wings are looking at a first-round playoff matchup against the Nashville Predators, quite possibly without home ice advantage. If you're looking at Friday night's 4-1 loss to those same Predators, you wouldn't necessarily prefer that matchup. Why? Pekka Rinne. No, the Wings didn't lay the proverbial egg as they did in...

The morning after: Predators ride roller coaster, but fall short in comeback

By Seth Lake While the Nashville Predators were up in Detroit on Friday night securing the 500th win in franchise history against the Red Wings, the Chicago Blackhawks were sitting in Nashville awaiting their arrival looking to avenge a 6-1 defeat last Sunday night on national television, clinch their spot in the playoffs, and keep their hopes of the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference...

Chicago Blackhawks @ Predators (Game 79): Preview

The Nashville Predators start a three game home stand against the Chicago Blackhawks on a Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena. The Nashville Predators' record this season is 45-25-8 with 98 points and ranked 4th in the Western Conference. The Chicago Blackhawks' record this season is 43-26-9 with 95 points and ranked 6th in the Western Conference. Puck drops at 7:08 PM CT...

Red Wings-Predators quick take: Wings, you’ve got some serious-ass problems

My favorite TV show of all time, the Liam Lynch sock puppet spectacular that was Sifl n Olly, had a fake infomercial skit, and the tagline for Precious Roy’s cheap product of the night was, “Well, you know the problems I’ve had with X” by Sifl, answered with, “Yeah, you’ve got some serious-ass X problems!” from Olly. The Detroit Red Wings ended a lost month’s worth...

Top Defenceman This Season

In November I first picked Shea Weber as the Norris Trophy leader.  When Weber lost a bit of time with a concussion my new pick was Zdeno Chara.  By early February I had Weber back in the lead.  Now that we are into the stretch drive of the season, I think Chara is back in the lead. Zdeno Chara has the top +/- rating among all defencemen in the NHL at +29.  His 49 points...

Aced the Test: Nashville Topples Detroit 4-1

Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images The Nashville Predators and Detroit Red Wings went into tonight’s game with a chip on their shoulders. Both were outgunned in their last outing and looking for some revenge, especially against the team that is in the mix of playoff home-ice positioning. But it was the Nashville Predators that would come out of Motown with the two points...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.