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Blackhawks Look To Take Advantage Of Predators Injuries

January 8, 2017
Greg Boysen

Chicago Blackhawks 55 pts (25-12-5)

vs

Nashville Predators 41 pts (17-15-7)

6 pm CT

United Center – Chicago, IL

TV: WGN

Radio: 720 AM WGN

Season Series/Schedule

Date

Winning Goal

14-Oct

CHI 2 @ NSH 3

Mike Fisher

15-Oct

NSH 3 @ CHI 5

Richard Panik

29-Dec

CHI 3 @ NSH 2

Patrick Kane

8-Jan

NSH @ CHI

3-Mar

CHI @ NSH

Team Leaders

Blackhawks

Predators

Goals

Goals

Artem Anisimov, 18

James Neal, 14

Assists

Assists

Patrick Kane, 29

Ryan Johansen, 22

Points

Points

Patrick Kane, 41

Ryan Johansen, 29

The Chicago Blackhawks will go for their third straight win tonight as well as their third victory in a row over the Nashville Predators. The last time the Predators visited the United Center, Richard Panik scored his first career hat trick to help the Blackhawks to a 5-3 win.

The Predators will come in shorthanded tonight as they will be without leading goal scorer James Neal, along with forwards Viktor Arvidsson and Colin Wilson and star defenseman . They have just two wins in their last seven games, going 2-3-2 in that span.

Head coach Joel Quenneville will got with the same lineup we saw on Friday night against the Carolina Hurricanes. They only difference is that Corey Crawford will return in goal.

Stat of the day: Patrick Kane, who had the game winning goal in Nashville on December 29, has 21 goals and 45 points in 51 career games against the Predators.

Probable Blackhawks Lineup

Forwards

Artemi Panarin - Artem Anisimov - Patrick Kane

Vinnie Hinostroza - Jonathan Toews - Marian Hossa

Ryan Hartman - Tanner Kero - Richard Panik

Andrew Desjardins - Dennis Rasmussen – Jordin Tootoo

Defensive Pairings

Duncan Keith - Trevor van Riemsdyk

Michal Kempny - Brent Seabrook

Brian Campbell - Niklas Hjalmarsson

Goaltender

Corey Crawford (14-8-3, 2.34 GAA, .925 save %, 2 SO)

Injury Report

C-Marcus Kruger (upper-body) out

Probable Predators Lineup

Forwards

Filip Forsberg - Ryan Johansen - Calle Jarnkrok

Austin Watson - Mike Fisher - Colton Sissons

Kevin Fiala - Mike Ribeiro - Craig Smith

Harry Zolnierczyk - Vladislav Kamenev - Frederick Gaudreau

Defensive Pairings

Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis

Mattias Ekholm - Matt Irwin

Anthony Bitetto - Yannick Weber

Goaltender

Pekka Rinne (14-10-6, 2.45 GAA, .918 save %, 1 SO)

Injury Report

RW-Mikka Salomaki (upper-body) out, D- (upper-body) out, RW-James Neal (upper-body) out, LW-Viktor Arvidsson (upper-body) out, LW-Colin Wilson (undisclosed) out

Image Credit: Chicago Tribune

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