Hawks Rewind: Blackhawks vs Predators Game 4 Preview
By Ryan Fedrau
Tonight, NBCS Chicago continues its replay of former Chicago Blackhawks’ games from the 2010 Stanley Cup run. At 7 PM CST, they will show Game 4 of the Quarterfinals against the Predators.
With the NHL season being paused for at least six to eight weeks, NBC Sports Chicago has done us Chicago Blackhawks‘ fans a huge favor. Of course, the game will be played tonight at 7 CST, but why not take a look at this game?
Going into Game 4 of the Quarterfinals series against the Predators, Chicago found themselves down 2-1 in the series. After winning the second game with rookie goalie Antti Niemi getting his first career playoff win, the team stalled in Nashville.
Speaking first of Game 2, Niemi, after losing big in Game 1 bounced back in great form. He made a mark in his first career playoff win, by shutting out the red hot Predators. Now, back in Nashville, the same score from Game 1 haunted the Blackhawks. Game 3 was another 4-1 win for the Predators.
Tonight, the Blackhawks take on the Predators in a must-win game. If the Blackhawks want to keep their series hopes alive, they’ll need to win this game on the road. The Predators have played their best hockey at home this season. They have a 24-14-3 record at the Sommet Center. It’ll take a full team effort for the Blackhawks to tie the series up.
The strength the Blackhawks have tonight is Niemi’s success after a big loss in Game 1. If he can bounce back anything as he did in Game 2, the Blackhawks will have a shot to get back into this series. Thought the team has done much better on home ice this season, there’s a lot of belief in their building tonight.
Veterans Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa will have to step up their play for this game. Young stars Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews will have to do the same to keep Chicago in the series.
It all starts tonight at 7 CST on NBC Sports Chicago.