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Game 40: Nashville @ Chicago – End of the road?


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Nashville dropped to 1-3-2 in their previous six games with a 1-0 loss to the Blackhawks yesterday at Bridgestone Arena. With only nine games remaining for the Predators, they can only take care of their business for the remainder of the final stretch and either hope things pull out in their favor or play spoiler for teams trying to nab the 8th spot.

What’s hurt Nashville the most has been opportunities left on the table when they really could have used the points the most. While it’s not impossible, it’s highly improbable that the Predators run rampant on the Western Conference over the next 20 days.

Could Nashville be in a better position right now? Sure. Could they be in a worse position? Absolutely. After their last trip to Chicago less than a week ago, the Predators can only hope to replicate a bit of what they displayed in the final 25 minutes against the Hawks. Down 2-0 coming into the third period, Nashville put on a clinic to tie the game (and almost win it) only to lose in the shootout, which has been their biggest problem all season long.

After yesterday’s result against Chicago, the Predators will have to find a way to gather points against some of the league’s best teams. Regardless of it being a 1-0 shutout loss, there were a lot of good things that Nashville did and can build off of as well.

Even though it’s at the end of a back-to-back, I’d still assume Pekka Rinne to get the start for the team, as it appears Rinne will play the remainder of the balance during the final eight. Legwand, Weber, and Fisher lead the way in terms of statistical totals for Nashville, with Weber 12th in the NHL in scoring and only nine points behind P.K. Subban of Montreal for the league lead.

While the lines could change from what was shown on the ice against the Hawks on Saturday, this could be a bit of what to expect:


Fisher / Spaling / Kostitsyn

Hornqvist / Legwand / Beck

Butler / Smith / Clune

Halischuk / Mueller / Yip

Weber / Josi

Klein / Bartley

Gill / Blum

Rinne in net

Nashville center Paul Gaustad was out with an upper-body injury and may be out for the foreseeable future.


The Predatorial won’t be providing live updates for Sunday’s game against the Hawks, as we’ll be visiting Chicago to take in the game, however tune back in on Tuesday night as we’ll be live as the Predators take on the Blues at home.