April 20, 2017
Greg Boysen

Chicago Blackhawks (0-3)

@

Nashville Predators (3-0)

Game 4, Predators lead 3-0

7 pm CT

Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN

TV: CSN-CH, NBCSN

Radio: 720 AM WGN

Series Schedule/Results

Date

Winning Goal

13-Apr

NSH 1 @ CHI 0

Viktor Arvidsson

15-Apr

NSH 5 @ CHI 0

Ryan Ellis

17-Apr

CHI 2 @ NSH 3 OT

Kevin Fiala

20-Apr

CHI @ NSH

22-Apr

NSH @ CHI

24-Apr

CHI @ NSH

26-Apr

CHI @ NSH

Playoff Leaders

Blackhawks

Predators

Goals

Goals

D. Rasmussen/P. Kane, 1

F. Forsberg/K.Fiala, 2

Assists

Assists

4 tied at 1

Ryan Johansen, 4

Points

Points

6 tied at 1

Ryan Johansen, 5

We’ve heard all the clichés, we know the Blackhawks have painted themselves into a corner and need an amazing effort to pull out a miraculous comeback.  The Hawks cannot worry about winning four games in a row because if they don’t win the first one the season comes to a very disappointing end.

Joel Quenneville held an optional skate this morning so there were no rushes, but he made no changes to the forwards on Wednesday.  It certainly appears that defenseman Michal Kempny will be making his Stanley Cup playoffs debut tonight.  What we don’t know is if he is taking the place of Johnny Oduya or if Quenneville is dressing seven defensemen.

<blockquote data-partner="tweetdeck"><p dir="ltr">Quenneville: &quot;We have to find a way to get bigger contributions from each line to get that consistency no matter if we have 7 D or 4 lines.&quot;</p>&mdash; Scott Powers (@ByScottPowers) <a href="https://twitter.com/ByScottPowers/status/855112282019438600">April 20, 2017</a></blockquote>

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Dressing seven defensemen when you have scored two goals in three games? Ok…..

On the bright side, if this the last Blackhawks game of the season at least it is not one of those awful 8:45 puck drops!

Probable Blackhawks Lineup

Forwards

Forwards

Nick Schmaltz - Jonathan Toews - Richard Panik

Artemi Panarin - Artem Anisimov - Patrick Kane

Dennis Rasmussen - Marcus Kruger - Marian Hossa

Ryan Hartman - Tanner Kero - Jordin Tootoo

Defensive Pairings

Duncan Keith - Niklas Hjalmarsson

Michal Kempny - Brent Seabrook

Brian Campbell - Trevor van Riemsdyk

Goaltender

Corey Crawford (0-3, 2.77 GAA, .908 save %, 0 SO)

Injury Report

LW-Andrew Desjardin (lower-body) out, D-Michal Rozsival (face) out

Probable Predators Lineup

Forwards

Filip Forsberg - Ryan Johansen - Viktor Arvidsson

Kevin Fiala – Calle Jarnkrok – James Neal

Harry Zolneirczyk - Mike Fisher - Austin Watson

Pontus Aberg - Colton Sissons - Craig Smith

Defensive Pairings

Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis

Mattias Ekholm -

Matt Irwin – Yannick Weber

Goaltender

Pekka Rinne (3-0, 0.61 GAA, .979 save %, 2 SO)

Injury Report

LW-Colin Wilson (lower-body)

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