Predators @ Blackhawks (Game 40): Preview

After the Chicago Blackhawks got the best of the Nashville Predators Saturday afternoon in a 1-0 regulation victory, they faceoff again, but this time at the Madhouse on Madison. The Predators are ranked 12th in the Western Conference with 38 points and a record of 15-16-8. The Blackhawks are 1st in the Western Conference with a 28-5-4 record and 60 points. Puck drops at 6:07pm CT.

TV/Radio Coverage

Nashville: Fox Sports Tennessee and 102.5 The Game

Chicago: CSN-Chicago and 720 WGN

Season Series

Date Away Home Result
2/10 CHI NSH 3-0 CHI
4/1 NSH CHI 2-3 CHI SO
4/6 CHI NSH 1-0 CHI

Line Up News

Starting Goaltenders:

Name W L OT GAA SV%
#35 Pekka Rinne 14 12 7 2.27 .915
#30 Ray Emery 13 1 0 1.95 .923

Nashville Scratches: #12 C Mike Fisher, #28 C Paul Gaustad (groin) and #57 W Gabriel Bourque (upper body); #33 C Colin Wilson (IR; upper body)

Projected Chicago Scratches: #22 W Jamal Mayers, #32 D Michal Roszival and #36 C Dave Bolland (lower body); #10 W Patrick Sharp (IR; upper body)

Projected Lines

Nashville

#74 Sergei Kostitsyn #52 Austin Watson #15 Craig Smith
#56 Taylor Beck #11 David Legwand #27 Patric Hornqvist
#16 Rich Clune #13 Nick Spaling #19 Bobby Butler
#18 Brandon Yip #17 Chris Mueller #24 Matt Halischuk
#6 Shea Weber #59 Roman Josi
#8 Kevin Klein #64 Victor Bartley
#75 Hal Gill #7 Jonathon Blum
#35 Pekka Rinne
#30 Chris Mason

Chicago

#20 Brandon Saad #19 Jonathan Toews #81 Marian Hossa
#13 Dan Carcillo #16 Marcus Kruger #88 Patrick Kane
#29 Bryan Bickell #26 Michal Handzus #25 Viktor Stalberg
#52 Brandon Bollig #65 Andrew Shaw #67 Michael Frolik
#2 Duncan Keith #4 Niklas Hjalmarsson
#6 Nick Leddy #7 Brent Seabrook
#27 Johnny Oduya #17 Sheldon Brookbank
#30 Ray Emery
#50 Corey Crawford

Chicago Blackhawks Players to Watch:

Name GP G A
#88 Patrick Kane 37 19 25
#81 Marian Hossa 30 13 10
#20 Brandon Saad 36 8 13

Quick Hits from the Predators

• Nashville is allowing the fifth fewest shots against the season – 27.2 per game.
• The Predators have limited the opposition to a single goal or less in 13 of 39 games this season.
• Gabriel Bourque – who has missed the past three games – has eight points (5g-3a) in his last 11 games, and seven goals in his last 15 games. Bourque leads the team in goals (11), with seven coming on the road.
• Bobby Butler has four assists/points in his last six games after being held scoreless in his first five games in a Preds sweater.
• Roman Josi has nine points (2g-7a) in the last 12 games. He recorded 11:08 of his 27:54 of total ice time yesterday against Chicago in the final period. Josi is averaging 23:28 of ice time this season, up more than five minutes from his rookie season (18:23).
• Pekka Rinne leads the NHL in both games played (37) and minutes played (2,085:21).

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

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