As optimistic as the Nashville Predators wanted to act publically prior to Game 3, when the news came out that they would be without their best defenseman Shea Weber, Chicago’s skilled front line was too much on their home ice in a decisive victory.
According to TiqIQ.com, tickets to Predators games on the road at the United Center in Chicago, have an average price of $265.52 and a get-in price of $121 for Game 4, while Game 6 tickets are averaging $427.09 with a get-in price of $138. The two remaining home games at Bridgestone Arena have an average price of $193.24 (get-in $62) and $266.97 (get-in $106) respectively.
Nashville has to get one back on the road. Predators fans can use Hipmunk.com for flights to and from Chicago to see their team shift the weight in the series. Chicago hotels can also be reserved through Hipmunk, starting at $71.
The Predators were doing a great job at responding to the Chicago attack early on in Game 3. After a Chicago goal in the first period, the Predators scored 31 seconds later to tie it up. After the Blackhawks scored again in the second period, Nashville would put one through again, this time 22 seconds later, to even the score. Unfortunately they couldn’t keep it up, as Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa took advantage of Weber’s absence.
A lower body injury during the second period of Game 2 held Weber out of Game 3 as he did not travel with the team. He will also miss Game 4 and is eyeing a return for Game 5 at home in Nashville. Chicago won their 20th game out of their last 24 home playoff games.
Nashville already knows they have to win on the road to eventually take the series, but the pressure is really on in the absence of Weber.
Game 4 will be played on Tuesday night at the United Center.