Preview: Chicago at Nashville

When: 8:00 PM  ET, Saturday, April 12, 2014
Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
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The Chicago Blackhawks are still waiting to see who their first-round playoff opponent will be as they prepare to visit the Nashville Predators in their regular-season finale. The Blackhawks had the look of a team with nothing on the line Friday night, turning in a lackluster performance in a 4-0 loss at Washington that snapped a four-game winning streak. The Blackhawks have lost three of four meetings to the Predators this season, including a 7-2 drubbing in Nashville on Nov. 16.

Chicago's Patrick Sharp, who had a three-game goal-scoring streak snapped Friday night, expects his club to put forth a better effort against the Predators despite no obvious motivation. "It doesn't matter what’s on the line," said Sharp, who leads the Blackhawks with 34 goals. "It’s important that we show up and play, wearing the 'Hawks jersey." Nashville has adopted that approach down the stretch, going 4-0-1 in its last five games and 7-1-2 in the past 10.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBC Sports, WGN (Chicago)

ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS (46-20-15): Star defenseman Duncan Keith got the night off Friday and other players are expected to be rested Saturday for Chicago, which continues to play with injured captain Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. Corey Crawford was pulled after two periods Friday in favor of Antti Raanta, who is expected to be in net against the Predators. Raanta lost in regulation only once in his first 16 appearances this season (12-1-3), but he has stumbled down the stretch with only one win since Jan. 12 while allowing 18 goals in  his last five starts.

ABOUT THE PREDATORS (36-32-12): Nashville coach Barry Trotz lauded his team for refusing to roll over during a stretch run that included victories over Anaheim, San Jose and Phoenix - all teams with something for which to play. "This group, as I have been saying all year, has a lot of character," Trotz said. "There's only one way to play, and that's play the right way. This group plays the right way." Patric Hornqvist has been sensational over the past three weeks, scoring eight goals to go with seven assists in his last nine goals to put him within a point of his career-best 51.

OVERTIME

1. The Blackhawks are only 3-for-33 on the power play over the past 11 games.

2. Predators G Pekka Rinne has two shutouts in his last six starts, including a 2-0 win at Chicago on March 23. 

3. Chicago was blanked for the fourth time this season Friday, all without Kane in the lineup.

PREDICTION: Predators 4, Blackhawks 2

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Chicago 46-20-7-8 L1 27-7-2-5 19-13-5-3 3-0-0-0 43-20-7-8 13-12-1-2
Nashville 36-32-3-9 W1 18-17-1-4 18-15-2-5 0-1-0-0 36-31-3-9 ---

Last Meeting

Chicago Nashville
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
3/23/14 NAS 2 CHI 0 29 15 0-4 17 29 0-3

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
CHI K. Beach 0
NAS G. Bourque 1
Goals Player  
CHI K. Beach 0
NAS G. Bourque 1
Assists Player  
CHI K. Beach 0
NAS M. Ekholm 1
Saves Player  
CHI C. Crawford 15
NAS P. Rinne 29
Season
Total Points Player  
CHI P. Sharp 78
NAS S. Weber 53
Goals Player  
CHI P. Sharp 34
NAS P. Hornqvist 21
Assists Player  
CHI D. Keith 55
NAS S. Weber 32
Saves Player  
CHI C. Crawford 1405
NAS C. Hutton 889

Quickchart Matchup

Chicago Off vs  Nashville Def
3.16 GF
2.81 GA
33.2 Shots
29 Shots
50 PP
46 PK
Nashville Off vs  Chicago Def
2.5 GF
2.53 GA
29 Shots
27.1 Shots
44 PP
46 PK

Live Game Odds

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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Chicago Overall Nashville
46-20-7-8 W/L 36-32-3-9
32-49 ATS 41-39
38-42 O/U 33-34
3.16 Goals For 2.50
2.53 Goals Agnst 2.81
Chicago A/H Nashville
19-13-5-3 W/L 18-17-1-4
15-25 ATS 16-24
20-20 O/U 15-17
2.90 Goals For 2.45
2.82 Goals Agnst 2.75