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Sunday, January 11th (All times eastern)

Nashville Predators (19-19-3) at Chicago Blackhawks (22-10-7), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Nashville Predators will aim for a home-and-home sweep of Chicago tonight, as they visit the Blackhawks for a Central Division battle at the United Center.

The Predators won the opener of this series on home ice Saturday, picking up their second straight victory on the heels of a five-game losing streak.

Chicago, meanwhile, was handed its second straight loss and is in danger of dropping three in a row for the first time since November 26-29.

Nashville is 2-0 against the Blackhawks this season, but Chicago has still won five of the last eight encounters between the clubs. The Predators have won five of eight in the Windy City and notched a 3-2 shootout decision at the United Center on October 13.

David Legwand notched a pair of goals as Nashville conquered Chicago, 4-1, at Sommet Center on Saturday.

Shea Weber and Radek Bonk also scored for the Predators, who have won back-to- back games for the first time since a three-game win streak from December 1-6. Pekka Rinne stopped 34 shots in the win.

Adam Burish scored the lone goal for the Blackhawks, while Cristobal Huet played well in defeat, making 34 saves.

The Predators welcomed Steve Sullivan back to the lineup in Saturday's game, as the veteran winger made his first appearance since February 22, 2007. The 34-year-old has been dealing with back issues and underwent a pair of operations during his 153-game absence.

Sullivan, a former Blackhawk, has recorded 228 goals and 577 points in 724 career games. He registered three shots on goal in 12:30 of ice time on Saturday.

Tonight marks the opener of a three-game homestand for the Blackhawks, who have won six of their last seven home games with the lone setback coming in the Winter Classic at Wrigley Field on New Year's Day. Chicago is 12-2-4 as the host this season.

The Predators are kicking off a three-game road trip tonight and is just 7-12-2 away from the Music City this year. Nashville has lost six in a row as the guest and hasn't notched a road victory since beating Buffalo on December 1.

01/11 10:35:23 ET

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