NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Sunday, October 19th
(All times eastern)
Nashville Predators (3-1-0-0) at Chicago Blackhawks (1-4-0-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Chicago Blackhawks try to bounce back from an
embarrassing loss on Saturday when they host the surging Nashville Predators
at the United Center.
After winning their first contest of the season, the Blackhawks have dropped
four straight games by a combined 18-5 margin, including Saturday's 7-2
drubbing at the hands of the Atlanta Thrashers.
Steve Sullivan and Tyler Arnason scored for the Blackhawks, who gave up four
power-play goals and were shorthanded an amazing 15 times. Chicago committed
22 penalties -- 15 in the third period alone -- covering 75 penalty minutes --
10 more than they had in their first four games combined. At one point there
were five players in the Hawks penalty box.
Jocelyn Thibault turned away 23-of-28 shots before exiting the contest.
Michael Leighton encountered 16 shots the rest of the way and made 14 saves in
Following tonight's game, the Blackhawks take off on a four-game west coast
road trip that begins in San Jose on Thursday night. Then, it's on to Los
Angeles, Anaheim, and Phoenix before returning home on October 30th to play
host to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Nashville, meanwhile, continued its impressive start on Saturday, as it
disposed of Columbus, 3-2. Greg Johnson tallied a goal and an assist, while
Tomas Vokoun made 26 saves in the winning effort for the Preds, who matched
their best start in team history.
The 2000-01 Nashville team also began the year with wins in three of its first
four games and suffered just one loss through their first six contests
(4-1-1). A win tonight by Preds would be the first time that the team racked
up four wins through five games.
Nashville, which will be playing its first road game of the season this
evening, was 9-18-8-6 away from home last year.
Chicago was 3-1-1 against the Predators last season and is 8-5-1 in the
previous 14 matchups. Nashville has also lost three straight and four of its
last five in the Windy City.
10/19 10:17:32 ET