Originally posted on Fang Faction  |  Last updated 2/10/13
(Getty Images) The Predators will play host to the unbeaten-in-regulation Chicago Blackhawks in the second game of a weekend double header. Nashville was in Minnesota last night where they lost in overtime on a controversial refereeing decision. The Blackhawks are 9-0-2 and first overall in the league. They also had a rest day yesterday while Nashville fought hard in an overtime loss. But the Preds have played spoiler once already this season, when they handed San Jose their first loss (they were 6-0 at the time). Rinne had the night off yesterday as backup Chris Mason had his second game of the season.  TV/Radio Coverage Nashville: Fox Sports Tennessee and 102.5 The Game Chicago: CSN - CH, WNG 720 Season Series No games this season. In 6 games last season vs Chicago, Nashville was 4-1-1 with 27 Goals for and 18 goals against Line Up News Starting Goaltenders: Name W L OT GAA SV% #35 Pekka Rinne 4 2 3 1.81 .933 #50 Nicklas Backstrom 6 0 2 1.82 .930 Projected Nashville Scratches: #23 W Brian McGrattan and #24 W Matt Halischuk; #27 W Patric Hornqvist (out; lower body) Projected Chicago Scratches: M Rozsival, B Bolig Projected Lines Nashville #33 Colin Wilson #11 David Legwand #57 Gabriel Bourque #74 Sergei Kostitsyn #12 Mike Fisher #10 Martin Erat #18 Brandon Yip #13 Nick Spaling #15 Craig Smith #16 Rich Clune #28 Paul Gaustad   #6 Shea Weber #22 Scott Hannan #8 Kevin Klein #59 Roman Josi #75 Hal Gill #4 Ryan Ellis #7 Jonathan Blum #35 Pekka Rinne #30 Chris Mason Chicago #2o Brandon Saad #19 Jonathan Toews #81 Marian Hossa #10 Patrick Sharp #36 Dave Bolland #88 Patrick Kane #29 Bryan Bickell #65 Andrew Shaw #25 Viktor Stalberg #67 Michael Frolik #15 Marcus Kruger #22 Jamal Mayers #2 Duncan Keith #7 Brent Seabrook #17 Sheldon Brookbank #8 Nick Leddy #27 Johnny Oduya #4 Niklas Hjalmarsson #50 Corey Crawford #30 Ray Emery Thoughts on Both Teams Predators: Nashville only grabbed on point last night in a heartbreaker against Minnesota. I'll spare you the details as Fang Faction re-capped the game quite well, but the team will need to channel their frustration into productive hockey. The boys have been playing very good hockey in the last 5 games, including last night's loss. There will be a couple of key's for the team tonight, including shutting down the hottest offense in the league.  They will also need to make their powerplays count against Chicago. They might not be able to score on their man advantages, but they need to at least be productive and generate momentum.  Nashville needs to get the points going a bit better as well. In past years the team has generated a lot of opportunities from the blue line but that hasn't been the story this year. The shots need to come this game, looking at last year's season series averaged 4.5 goals per game.  Rinne gets the start for Nashville tonight, and they will need another unbelievable performance from the Finnish sensation.  Blackhawks: Chicago is the talk of the league right now. They are 9-0-2 and have looked good doing it. They lost back to back shoot-out games in Minnesota and Vancouver, but have been unscathed otherwise. They are second in the league in goals scored per game, and have a staggering 92.7% penalty kill rate.  Chicago is also on a three day break, going up against a Preds team that has been busy. But going up against a rested team has favored the Preds this year, who pummeled St-Louis after their three day break.  The Blackhawks will come at the Preds hard with their first two lines, which is where they generate the good bulk of their scoring. Hossa, Kane and Sharp have the offensive flair to challenge Weber, Hannan, Josi and Klein. They will be a real test for the Preds defensive unit. A rested Rinne will hopefully be able to be big when needed.  Chicago Blackhawks Players to Watch: Name GP G A #88 Patrick Kane 11 8 18 #81 Marian Hossa 11 6 5 #19 Jonathan Toews 11 5 6  
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Daughter of Bucks owner burns Bill Simmons on Twitter

Tiger Woods tells golf world to try and kick this football he’s holding

Tyronn Lue: Gameplanning to defend Celtics harder than Warriors

Report: Paxton Lynch cutting out early while other QBs stay late

Michael Jordan unique 1984 Converse shoes could fetch up to $100K at auction

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Former Coyotes minor leaguer named a pro scout after heart attack, leg amputation

Joe Girardi has interesting reason why no medical scans for Masahiro Tanaka

Ezekiel Elliott’s mom fires back after son criticized for being in car accident

Browns make Ryan Grigson senior personnel executive

Potential No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz looks positively jacked in recent photo

Manchester United wins Europa League Final, returns to Champions League

The 'Farewell to the Manu, the Myth, the Legend' quiz

Box Score 5/24: Craig Anderson saves the Senators

The 'Walk on home, boy' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Dejounte Murray gets his calls blocked twice

It's reality check time for the Texas Rangers

Box Score 5/23: Preds, Warriors move on to respective Finals

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

NBA Weekend Awards: Who will take a bite of the Snow White Crystal Apple?

The 'How two award snubs might shake up the NBA' quiz

Preparing for the BIG3: Q&A with BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz

Two months in and Nintendo's Switch dominates 2017 video game market

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Why the Indianapolis 500 is called 'the greatest spectacle in racing'

The 'Farewell to the Manu, the Myth, the Legend' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Dejounte Murray gets his calls blocked twice

It's reality check time for the Texas Rangers

The 'Walk on home, boy' quiz

NBA Weekend Awards: Who will take a bite of the Snow White Crystal Apple?

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The 'How two award snubs might shake up the NBA' quiz

Preparing for the BIG3: Q&A with BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker