NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
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
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
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
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
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
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