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Monday, March 1st (All times eastern)

Chicago Blackhawks (18-33-8-5) at Nashville Predators (32-23-7-2), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Nashville Predators seek their third consecutive win tonight when they invite the Chicago Blackhawks to Gaylord Entertainment Center.

With 73 points, the Preds, seeking their first-ever playoff berth, sit sixth in the Western Conference -- two behind Dallas and one up on Calgary and Los Angeles.

On Saturday, Andrew Hutchinson scored a power-play goal in overtime to lift the Predators to a 2-1 overtime decision against the visiting NY Rangers. Tomas Vokoun denied 25 shots for Nashville, which remained unbeaten in its last five at home (4-0-1). The Predators improved to 21-7-5-1 on friendly ice this season.

Steve Sullivan recorded an assist on the game-winner and now has six goals and six helpers in six games since coming over via trade from Chicago. Tonight will mark his first game against the Blackhawks since the deal. Sullivan spent parts of five seasons in the Windy City.

Nashville, which is 5-1 since Sullivan entered the fold, will open a three- game road trip Wednesday in Philadelphia.

The Blackhawks, meanwhile, are 2-4-1 in their last six tries, including Sunday's 2-2 tie with visiting Florida. The red-hot Roberto Luongo stopped 43 shots to help the Panthers manage the point.

Michael Leighton stopped 30 shots for Chicago, while Kyle Calder and Tuomo Ruutu each tallied goals in the deadlock.

Down 2-1 in the third, the Panthers knotted the contest on Valeri Bure's gorgeous tally. While on the power play, Olli Jokinen skated down the right side of the ice and ripped a slap shot from the circle. It appeared the blast was going wide of the net, but Bure slipped through the slot and redirected the disc in the air and past Leighton.

The Blackhawks, with 49 points, are last in the West standings -- one behind Columbus.

Chicago will host Tampa Bay on Wednesday.

The Hawks are 3-0 against the Preds this season, and 6-1-1 in the last eight meetings.

03/01 10:14:34 ET


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