The Chicago Blackhawks (5-9) take on its divisional rival the Nashville Predators (5-10) today in a matinee contest in Music City. Puck drop is 1pm. Make sure you give our other Hockey Now site Nashville Hockey Now some love to get some great coverage on the Predators.
Previously on Blackhawks Hockey:
Lukas Reichel potted his first goal of the season in a 4-2 loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Corey Perry added the other but the Blackhawks spent most of the game chasing the Lightning, a team that adjusted its game plan to prevent Connor Bedard from going off again.
Blackhawks – Lightning Look Back
After falling behind early, the Blackhawks stormed back for five unanwered goals, stunning the Lightning on their home ice 5-3. Bedard was at it again–with four points in the game showing the generational flash he possesses.
How to Watch and Listen
When’s the last time the Blackhawks have gotten to play a team that is not in contender status? The Preds are tied with the Blackhawks in points, which is knotted up for the basement of the division.
Best Case/Worst Case/Final Verdict
Best Case – Chicago scores at will and break the two-game losing streak
Worst Case – The Predators go off for a chunk of goals and extend the losing streak to three, with a game against the Buffalo Sabres looming tomorrow.
Final Verdict – This is an interesting game. The Predators have scored eight more goals than the Blackhawks while surrendering just three more. Though tied in points, Nashville is on a four-game slide and chomping at the bit to escape it.
The Blackhawks all talked postgame about needing to shoot more and generate more offense. To paraphrase the words of Corey Perry, not being as cute with the puck. Saturday is a great opportunity to put this into practice as they have a slate of games coming up with little time to rest in between.
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