Game #38- Nashville Predators (15-16-8) vs Chicago Blackhawks (28-5-4)
TV- FS-TN CSN-Chicago
Game Time- 6pm Central
Season Series- Hawks Lead 3-0 with a pair of shutouts in Nashville and a 3-2 OT winner in Chicago Monday night
Preview- The Nashville Predators playoff hopes are on life support after getting shutout yesterday by the Hawks. If it wasn’t for Pekka Rinne this team would get blitzed on a nightly basis but he has been very good for the past month. It is safe to say that they miss Ryan Suter, but it’s safer to say that there system leads to boring almost unwatchable hockey games. They have played 9 periods against the Hawks and only scored in one of them and it was the only period of the nine that they showed any willingness to get out of their system and play offensive hockey.
The Hawks are one point away from securing a playoff spot in the chase for the Stanley Cup. Ray Emery was excellent yesterday making 20 stops on the way to a shut out and even he called out the Nashville style after the game saying it was boring. Emery has had a good week first taunting Barret Jackman of the Blues and then pitching a shut out in Nashville. Bryan Bickell got the only goal of the game on Saturday which stopped Brandon Saad‘s three game goal scoring streak.
Prediction- Luckily this is an early evening game or everyone would be asleep by the end, but the Hawks clinch a playoff birth with a 3-1 win.
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