So what started a little over a week ago with a double overtime victory on the road in Nashville with a huge comeback and a goalie surprise twist, could all come to an end in Nashville tonight on the same rink where it all began in just 5 games.
The Chicago Blackhawks have a chance to finish their first round series and get some rest and relaxation while the St. Louis Blues/Minnesota Wild series still has a minimum of 2 games left to be played. There is something to be said of rest during the Stanley Cup playoffs and closing out series is a big factor in rested legs throughout the tournament or a huge grind.
The Chicago Blackhawks haven’t exactly overpowered the Predators this series, but they have scored both overtime goals which has been the difference and the ability to come up big in big spots. The player to come up the biggest has been Scott Darling who’s been spectacular in relief of Corey Crawford. Darling has been in net for both overtime games and won Game #3 in Chicago. He has a .969 save percentage and a 1.06 Goals Against Average. I’m pretty sure you can’t expect much more than that from your backup goal keeper.
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The offense hasn’t been as dominant, but it has looked better with Patrick Kane back in the lineup. The Kane line looks very close to getting hot again like they were during the month of December. They have just missed on some great chances and have really looked close to breaking out. Sure, Patrick Kane is working himself back to game shape, but the player that really needs to find his form once again is Kris Versteeg. When the Blackhawks were playing their best hockey, it was Versteeg playing his best hockey since his return to the team and they really could use the offensive boost that Versteeg can provide when playing at his best.
The Predators are in a do or die situation, they have played the Chicago Blackhawks hard and tight and have had the better part of the play for much of the series, but with the exception of beating Crawford routinely in the third period of Game #2 they haven’t been able to knock out the Blackhawks in any game when they had them down. The Predators may have Fisher and Weber back from injury tonight but their coach wouldn’t give any indication of his lineup changes so who knows, but if I were a betting man if close to 100% I expect all the stars of the Predators in the lineup tonight.
Here is the viewing information for tonight’s game
Game Time: 8:30pm
TV Listings : CSN-CH+, NBCSN, SN360
Radio Listings- WGN Radio
Live Streaming- NBC Live Extra
Radio Streaming- WGN Radio App
How will you be taking in Game #5 from Bridgestone Arena? I will be there in the Stadium!
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