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Blackhawks @ Predators, Numerology

The Blackhawks return to Nashville, the site of their worst game of the year a month ago, for their second meeting with the Predators of the season.

Frederick Breedon

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Chicago Blackhawks (53 pts, 24-7-4) @ Nashville Predators (35 pts, 16-14-3)

7 pm CDT, Bridgestone Arena - Nashville, TN

TV : CSN Chicago

Radio : 720 AM WGN

Blackhawks' last game : 3-1 W vs Kings

Predators' last game : 3-2 W vs Sharks

Enemy Territory : On the Forecheck

Season Series/Schedule

DATE SCORE W. GOAL
Apr 12 '14
Mar 23 '14
Mar 14 '14
Dec 17 '13
Nov 16 '13 CHI 2 at NSH 7 P. Hornqvist

266 : The shot differential between the two teams; Blackhawks' 1202 to the Predators' 936 shots on goal.

85 : The Predators' penalty kill percentage, the 8th best in the NHL.

57.3 : Matt Cullen's faceoff win percentage, the seventh best in the NHL.

50 : The number of 5 on 5 goals the Predators have scored, only three teams have scored fewer (NYR, PHI, BUF).

31 : The number of points (12 G, 19 A) Jonathan Toews has scored in 31 career games versus the Predators.

20 : The number of power play goals the Predators have scored this year in 100 attempts.

7-0-3 : The Predators' record in one goal games.

4 : The number of points (2 G, 2 A) scored by Paul Gaustad in his last four games; he only had three points in his first 30 games of the year.

3 : The number of Viktor Stalberg's four goals he has scored on home ice.

1.21 : Carter Hutton's goals against average in his three December starts to go along with a .964 save %.

Blackhawks Probable Lineup

Forwards

Patrick Sharp - Jonathan Toews - Marian Hossa
Kris Versteeg - Michal Handzus - Patrick Kane
Bryan Bickell - Andrew Shaw - Brandon Saad
Brandon Bollig - Marcus Kruger - Ben Smith

Defensive Pairings

Duncan Keith - Brent Seabrook
Niklas Hjalmarsson - Johnny Oduya
Nick Leddy - Michal Rozsival

Goaltender

Antti Raanta (6-1-1, 2.41 GAA, .915 save %, 0 SO)

Injuries

Corey Crawford (lower body) out, Nikolai Khabibulin (lower body) out

Leading Scorers

PLAYER GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
P. Kane 36 19 26 45 +6 10 8 5
P. Sharp 36 16 17 33 +9 16 6 1
J. Toews 36 13 19 32 +8 14 2 0
D. Keith 36 2 28 30 +14 6 2 1
M. Hossa 31 14 15 29 +13 8 2 2

Probable Predators Lineup

Forwards

Eric Nystrom - Mike Fisher - Viktor Stalberg
Colin Wilson - Matt Cullen - Craig Smith
Nick Spaling - David Legwand - Patric Hornqvist
Richard Clune - Paul Gaustad - Matt Hendricks

Defensive Pairings

Shea Weber - Roman Josi
Victor Bartley - Kevin Klein
Seth Jones - Ryan Ellis

Goaltender

Carter Hutton (7-3-1, 2.76 GAA, .913 save %, 0 SO)

Injuries

Pekka Rinne (hip infection) out, Filip Forsberg (upper body) out

Leading Scorers

PLAYER GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
D. Legwand 33 6 18 24 -10 16 3 2
P. Hornqvist 30 7 10 17 -2 16 3 3
S. Weber 30 7 9 16 -8 22 5 1
C. Smith 30 6 10 16 -2 10 2 2
C. Wilson 33 5 10 15 -1 6 2 1