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Nashville Predators vs Chicago Blackhawks, February 25th 2016
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Thanks to the ‘Fantastic Forwards,’ Andrew Shaw and Patrick Kane, the Blackhawks lead the series against the Predators by winning three of the first four games. Chicago has had three days to rest and recuperate after losing heavily to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday (6-1). Nashville is coming into the windy city after a win against the Maple Leafs on Tuesday, and a rest day underneath their belts, as well. With both teams rested and ready to go, it will be Chicago’s game to lose if they can’t add onto their winning streak against the Predators.
The Predators (29-21-11) could very well be without captain and defenseman Shea Weber, who would be missing his first game of the season if he doesn’t play against Chicago on Thursday. While coach Laviolette admitted playing without Shea is “not where we want to be,” he also sites being impressed at the way the rest of the team stepped up to get the win against Toronto, and hopes that drive continues on the rest of their road trip.
The Blackhawks (38-19-5) are just 2-1-1 in their last four games, and coming back to the United Center after a tough loss on the road to the Wild over the weekend gives them something to prove. Even though the team has had three days to rest between games, they practiced both Monday and Tuesday, and coach Quenneville wants to step up their focus on defense, citing that they are missing out on scoring opportunities due to a decreased time with the puck, and therefore are putting themselves in a “tough spot.” It’s one tough spot Chicago would like to roll out of by defeating the Predators Thursday night.
Starting Goalies Tonight
- Nashville Predators -> Pekka Rinne
Pekka Rinne saved 28 of 29 shots in regulation in a 2-1 shootout win against Montreal Monday night. Rinne was perfect in the three shootout rounds. He has allowed just three goals in his last three games and has helped Nashville secure at least a point in each of his past four contests.
- Chicago Blackhawks -> Scott Darling
Scott Darling finished off Sunday’s 6-1 loss to Minnesota after he replaced Corey Crawford for the third. Darling turned away eight of nine during his one period of play. But the game was lost early on as the Wild stormed out to a commanding 4-0 lead with Crawford in net.
Nashville Predators vs Chicago Blackhawks NHL Pick 2/25/16
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