Pekka Rinne made 29 saves, and Viktor Arvidsson scored a first-period goal to give the Predators a 1-0 win against the Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals Thursday at United Center.
Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is at 6 p.m. Saturday in Chicago.
In Hawks prospect news, Alex DeBrincat had an assist in Erie’s 4-2 loss to London in Game 4. The series is now tied 2-2 with Game 5 on Saturday in Erie.
**Hawks-Predators first-round schedule (SCH)
**RECAP: Hawks shut out by Preds in Game 1 (SCH)
**Why the Hawks can win the Cup (SCH)
**Bowman says they planned for Panarin to reach his bonuses (SCH)
**Hitchcock seems ready to adapt in Dallas (Defending Big D)
**Wild’s Brodin’s mistake on Sobotka goal changed momentum of Game 1 (Hockey Wilderness)
**Wild prospect Greenway will return for junior season at BU (SBNCH)
**RECAP: Wilson gives Capitals Game 1 win in OT (Japers’ Rink)
**RECAP: Ducks hang on to win Game 1 against Flames (NHL.com)
**Gallant named head coach of Vegas Golden Knights (SBN)
**Penguins vs. Blue Jackets: Adjustments for Game 2 (Pensburgh)
**Rangers extend d-man Kampfer — two years, $1.3 million (Blueshirt Banter)
**USA Hockey names 15 players to Worlds roster (PHT)
**OHL Playoffs: Petes complete sweep of Frontenacs (Sportsnet)
**QMJHL Playoffs: Islanders sweep Screaming Eagles (Sportsnet)
**Freshman goalie Garrett Metcalf leaves UMass Lowell (SBNCH)