The Blackhawks will play the Nashville Predators tonight at 6:00 pm CST in game 3 of 4 of their current home stretch. Chicago looks for consecutive win number three, while Nashville looks to avenge a recent 2-1 loss to Florida. Here are your expected lines:
Corey Crawford (14-8-0, .925 SV%, 2.34 GAA)
Pekka Rinne (14-10-0, .918 SV%, 2.45 GAA)
Chicago: Jonathan Toews (6 points in his last 7 games)
Nashville: Filip Forsberg (8 points in his last 9 games)
If Chicago plays disciplined tonight, taking excess pressure off of Corey Crawford, he should be able to easily outplay the aging Pekka Rinne. I expect the Hawks to come out aggressive against a weak Nashville lineup that is missing forwards James Neal, Viktor Arvidsson, and Colin Wilson due to injury, not to mention that all-star defenseman P.K. Subban is still out of the lineup as well. Healthier, more skilled, and at home, Chicago should end the night with two more points in the standings.
Prediction: 3-1 CHI
1st Star: Patrick Kane