Well, the day has finally arrived when the Chicago Blackhawks make their first trip to Smashville since they swept us back in April. Will anything have changed is the biggest question heading to Nashville tonight!
After a pretty slow start to the season, the Nashville Predators are red hot with an 8-1-1 record in their last 10 games. While the Chicago Blackhawks seemed to have righted their ship with a 5-1-1 record in their last 7 games.
It used to be a Keep the Red Out storyline every time the Blackhawks traveled down to Nashville, but that all ended last spring when the Predators whipped the Blackhawks right into the offseason with a very quick sweep in the first round of the playoffs.
The rosters have been changed a little bit, but the main players are still there with the Predators top line being the main enemy of the Blackhawks state.
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Last spring the Chicago Blackhawks didn’t have an answer for Filip Forsberg, Viktor Arvidsson and Ryan Johansen, so it will be fun to see who Joel Quenneville tries to play against them tonight even though the Preds get last change.
During the series last year, the Hawks just couldn’t muster any offense, but they are scoring goals on a regular basis from the top three lines as witnessed last night when the 3rd line scored 4 goals including Alex DeBrincat‘s first career hat trick. The fact that the top 3 lines are scoring now should be a huge factor tonight especially if the Hawks wish to skate away with 2 points in Nashville.
Here are the listings for tonight’s game
TV Listings– NBCSN
Radio Listings– WGN Radio
Live Streaming– NBC Live Extra
Radio Live Streaming- WGN Radio App
We predicted a 4-2 win last night, so the 7-3 win and DeBrincat Hatty weren’t included with our predictions so it’s happily back to the drawing board!
Final Score Prediction
This will be a low scoring affair with the Blackhawks struggling to get one past Pekka Rinne. They finally score but it will be too little to late in a 3-2 loss on the road.
Three Stars Prediction
#3 Star- P.K. Subban– 2 assists
#2 Star- Patrick Kane-1 Goal 1 Assist
#1 Star- Viktor Arvidsson– 1 Goal 1 Assist
What are your predictions for tonight’s game from Smashville?