With a 2-1 shootout win over the Islanders on Friday, the Hawks are one point back of first-place Minnesota. Nashville trails Chicago by 14 points in third place. The Hawks have had Nashville’s number this season after dropping a one-goal game Oct. 14. Chicago has outscored the Predators 13-7 in the last three meetings.
The Hawks have won 10 of their 11 games and Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews have played a major role during stretch. Kane has 11 goals and six assists while Toews posted seven goals with 10 assists.
This season, Kane leads the Hawks in scoring against the Predators with seven points. Ryan Hartman and Richard Panik each have three goals.
Chicago may see forwards Artem Anisimov (lower body) and Nick Schmaltz (ill) return to the lineup. Both players missed Friday’s game. The Hawks were forced to start Tanner Kero at second line center in between Artemi Panarin and Kane in the game.
After Saturday’s game, the Hawks have four days off before hosting Anaheim on March 9. It would help the Hawks to have Anisimov and Schmaltz in the lineup against a divisional foe, but resting them also has its benefits.
Corey Crawford will start in net for a second straight night. Backup Scott Darling will miss the next three weeks with an upper-body injury, meaning Crawford’s workload will increase this month. The Hawks did call up Jeff Glass from the AHL, but with it being a divisional game it’s highly unlikely he’ll make his NHL debut.
The Predators offense is led by Filip Forsberg and Roman Josi the last month and a half.
Forsberg scored 11 goals with five assists and was named the league's second star for February. He has a team-best 26 goals and with 49 points is tied with Ryan Johansen as the team’s top scorer. Josi, a defenseman, also had 16 points, including six goals with four on the power play.
Chicago has limited Forsberg and Josi each to one goal and one assist in four games this season.
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How to watch Blackhawks at Predators
Time: 7 p.m. CST
Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.