Blackhawks @ Predators Preview (Game 34)

The Nashville Predators (16-14-3) will play host to their division rival, the Chicago Blackhawks (24-7-5) Tuesday night in their second of five regular season meetings and final game of the current home stand.  

 

The Predators are on a roll, having won 3 straight and seem to be slowly but surely climbing back into the playoff conversation.  During this stretch, goaltending has proven to be clutch.  With his stellar performance, Carter Hutton was named the NHL’s third star of the week. 

The Blackhawks are coming off a big time win against Los Angeles 3-1 Sunday.  Although recently they’ve shown signs of inconsistency, Chicago still sits atop the Central Division.  It’s almost a certainty they’ll look to seek revenge against the Predators since their last meeting ended in a blowout back on November 18th

 

TV/RADIO COVERAGE

Nashville: 102.5 The Game; FSN-Tennessee

Chicago: CSN-Chicago

Live Stream: http://livetv.sx/en/eventinfo/195452_chicago_nashville/

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SEASON SERIES

This is the second of their 5 game regular season series.   In their first meeting, the Predators hammered the Blackhawks 7-2 November 18th at Bridgestone Arena. 

LINE UP NEWS

Starting Goaltenders:

 

Name

W

L

OT

GAA

SV%

Antti Raanta

6

1

1

2.39

.915

Carter Hutton

7

3

1

2.76

.913

Nashville Injuries: G Pekka Rinne (IR,Hip), F Filip Forsberg (IR; upper body)

Chicago Injuries: F Bryan Bickell (day to day; lower body), G Corey Crawford (IR; lower body), G Nikolai Khabibulin (IR; lower body)

Projected Nashville Scratches: F Gabriel Bourque, D Mattias Ekholm

Projected Chicago Scratches: F Bryan Bickell

PROJECTED LINES

Nashville


Nystrom – Fisher – Stalberg

Spaling – Legwand – Hornqvist

Smith – Cullen – Wilson

Clune  –  Gaustad – Hendricks

Josi – Weber

Ellis – Jones

Klein – Bartley

Hutton

Mazanec

 

Chicago

Sharp – Towes – Hossa

Versteeg – Handzus – Kane

Saad – Shaw – Brookbank

Bollig – Kruger – Smith

Keith – Seabrook

Oduya – Hjalmarsson

Leddy – Rozsival

Raanta

Simpson


PLAYERS TO WATCH

Nashville:   D Roman Josi.  Josi has two goals and three assists in his past four games.

 

Chicago:  F Marion Hossa.  Hossa has a goal and four assists in his past three games.

 

Who scores the first goal of the game for Predators? Win a Preds player t-shirt, info here.

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