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Game 9: Predators @ Blackhawks (10-27-17 | 7:30c)

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These two teams met two weeks ago in Chicago for a game in which the Blackhawks came out with a controversial 2-1 overtime win. The Predators will be looking for revenge, but the Blackhawks are still hungry to pay back the division rival for embarrassing them in last spring's playoff series.




For the Predators Filip Forsberg is the hot hand, he already has 7 goals this season. Last season at this time he had only 2.



On the other side Patrick Kane has points in 6 straight games. The Blackhawks are trying to settle their ever-jumbled defense pairings and the Predators are still searching for secondary scoring. 



Nashville Predators Projected Lines

Filip Forsberg - Ryan Johansen - Viktor Arvidsson

Scott Hartnell - Calle Jarnkrok - Kevin Fiala

Pontus Aberg - Frederick Gaudreau - Craig Smith

Miikka Salomaki - Colton Sissons - Austin Watson


Roman Josi - Samuel Girard

Mattias Ekholm - P.K. Subban

Alexei Emelin - Yannick Weber


Pekka Rinne



Chicago Blackhawks Projected Lines

Brandon Saad - Jonathan Toews - Alex DeBrincat

Richard Panik - Nick Schmaltz - Patrick Kane

Patrick Sharp - Artem Anisimov - John Hayden

Lance Bouma - Tommy Wingels - Ryan Hartman


Duncan Keith - Jan Rutta

Gustav Forsling - Brent Seabrook

Michal Kempny - Connor Murphy


Corey Crawford

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Good Guys Win!!!


Predators - 2

Blackhawks - 1


Some positives:


Depth scoring: Craig Smith and Calle Jarnkrok come through with the two Predators goals. 

Defense: Ekholm-Subban reunite, Girard looked good again, Matt "dumpster fire" Irwin scratched really helped the unit as a whole

Goaltending: Pekka Rinne makes 43 saves on 44 shots


Three Stars:

* Pekka Rinne

** Craig Smith

*** Calle Jarnkrok



The negative takeaways would be:


Lack of top-end scoring, usually when the JoFA (Johansen, Forsberg, Arvidsson) line isn't scoring then the Predators have problems. Luckily some guys who are slumping came through tonight, particularly Jarnkrok who has been absolutely awful this season and totally kills any offensive chance his line has. 


Undisciplined play. The Predators took six penalties and gave the Hawks six powerplays. While the Blackhawks also took six penalties and gave the Predators six powerplays, they also scored a bad shorthanded goal in which Rinne made two point-blank saves with a Predator defender on either side of the net and neither of them cleared the puck before Anisimov banged in the third attempt.

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