NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Wednesday, December 21st
(All times eastern)
Nashville Predators (21-7-3) at Chicago Blackhawks (13-17-2), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Nashville Predators shoot for their fourth consecutive
win tonight when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center.
On Tuesday, Steve Sullivan scored in his fourth consecutive game and Tomas
Vokoun made 24 saves, as the Predators defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 3-2,
at Gaylord Entertainment Center.
Marek Zidlicky and Scott Hartnell also scored for Nashville, which has won
three straight on the heels of a losing streak of the same span.
Sullivan, a former Blackhawk, now has 15 goals this season, and has four
markers and two assists in the last four games.
With 45 points, the Predators remain comfortably entrenched in second place of
the Central Division. They trail first-place Detroit by four points in the
Nashville, which is 5-4-3 on the road, opens a year-ending five-game road trip
and will visit Columbus on Friday.
The Blackhawks, meanwhile, have lost three of their last four games. On Sunday
they dropped a 5-3 contest to visiting Dallas. Mike Modano and Jere Lehtinen
both scored a goal and added an assist to lift the Stars.
Nikolai Khabibulin allowed five goals on 20 shots and Jaroslav Spacek picked
up two assists for the Blackhawks.
Tyler Arnason was also among the goal-scorers and extended his point streak to
seven games. Arnason has posted four goals and five assists during the run.
Chicago, which is 7-5-0 on home ice, will host Detroit on Friday.
The Predators are 2-0 against the Hawks this season, and are 4-0-1 (one tie)
in the last five meetings.
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