The Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators are facing off for the last time this season. While the Preds have held the upper hand in this series as the Hawks have only won one game, this matchup still could change the playoff picture.
This matchup is pretty important for the Hawks. While the team’s playoff chances are pretty slim, they still have their pride to play for and the fact that they are playing an old rival. The Predators could be the fourth-best team in the Central Division, but I think the Hawks wouldn’t mind knocking the Preds’ playoff chances if they had the chance.
This matchup is huge for the future of the franchise. Last game featured the team coming back from a 4-1 score with under ten minutes to go in the third period to win in OT. So many different players played big parts in the win, especially Brandon Hagel who scored the overtime winner.
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The lineup should look pretty similar tonight as the Hawks are going to go with 11 forwards and seven defensemen again. This time however Nicolas Beaudin will be on the roster with Calvin de Haan out with an injury.
This is a game the Blackhawks can not afford to lose, and they are going to need to start the game on the right note. Nashville let the Hawks back into last game and that is not going to happen again if the Preds get a big lead. Hopefully, the team can fix a few different areas ahead of today’s matchup.
The Blackhawks’ power play really hurt themselves last game, they don’t need to score on the man advantage, but they do need to get some scoring chances. The Hawks had one of the best power plays earlier in the season but now they can not seem to get anything going.
The projected lineups for tonight’s matchup between the Predators and Blackhawks.
DeBrincat – Dach – Hagel
Hinostroza – Suter – Kane
Connolly – Kampf – Carpenter
Kubalik – Kurashev
Beaudin – Murphy
Keith – Kalynuk
Stillman – Boqvist – Zadorov
Tolvanen – Johansen – Arivdsson
Jarnkrok – Granlund – Kunin
Cousins – Haula – Duchene
Trenin – Sissons – Jeannot
Josi – Benning
Ekholm – Ellis
Harpur – Gudbranson
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Lineups via NHL.com
Time: 7:00 PM Central
Where: United Center
TV Broadcast: NBC Sports Chicago
Radio: 720 Live
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