The Chicago Blackhawks post All-Star game schedule starts tonight with our new rivals the Nashville Predators. This is where the rubber meets the road with the Hawks needing wins over the Central Division in their 2nd half quest to make the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The task won’t be easy tonight that’s for sure with a trip to Smashville. At the All-Star game Patrick Kane said he felt the Hawks need to go 23-10 or better to make it to the playoffs.
The Chicago Blackhawks are a respectable 12-9-4 on the road this season, but their real struggles have been playing teams from within the Central Division which is oh by the way the toughest division in the NHL.
Last year in the playoffs, the Chicago Blackhawks top line struggled all series long against the Predators top line. The new top line for the Chicago Blackhawks have come together nicely with Anthony Duclair giving them some real speed. For the Hawks to win tonight, the top line will have to be productive against Ryan Johansen and company.
Hopefully the Anton Forsberg we watched in Detroit last week shows up in Nashville tonight. He’s better technically than Jeff Glass and he doesn’t get all out of sorts like Glass does. When Forsberg is on he can be a solid goalie until the return of Corey Crawford happens.
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One thing the Hawks will need down the stretch is for Patrick Kane to find one of his hot streaks where he takes over some games and wills the team to a victory. I’m not saying he can do it for 32 straight games, but the Hawks need their leading scorer to find the level he was at two years ago when he won the Hart trophy to make sure the Hawks make it to the playoffs.
Here are the listings for tonight’s real rivalry game!
TV Listings- NBCSN, NBCSCH
Radio Listings- WGN Radio
Live Streaming- NBC Live Extra
Radio Live Streaming- WGN Radio
Ok, my predictions this season have been a little wonky to be nice, but the Detroit Red Wings game I really nailed. I predicted three first period goals, the Hawks scoring 5 times, Anthony Duclair as the #2 star and Alex DeBrincat as the #1 Star so, yep it was a good night!
Final Score Predictions
The Hawks will be playing with desperation the rest of the way, and that will help them jump on the Predators early with 2 first period goals, and they hold on for a huge 4-2 win.
Three Stars Predictions
#3 Star- Vinnie Hinostroza– 2 Assists
#2 Star- P.K. Subban– 1 Goal 1 Assist
#1 Star- Artem Anisimov-2 Goals
What are your predictions for tonight’s game?