Hawks look to find groove against Predators
After a disappointing loss in Colorado on Wednesday, the Hawks are looking to get back on track as they host the Nashville Predators on Friday night. Both teams have struggled as they’ve returned from the Olympic break, but the Predators have won their last two games, scoring four goals in each contest. They roll into Chicago on the last leg of a three-game trip, and while they’re currently eight points out of a playoff spot, they’re still a threat to the defending Stanley Cup champs.
For the Hawks, this game is critical as the team looks to find themselves. Playing inconsistent hockey since the break, Chicago has struggled to string together two good games, and have been unable to put together a 60 minute effort. Their loss on Wednesday dropped them into the third spot in the Central, and it’s imperative for them to get back to their winning ways to try and recover home-ice advantage for the playoffs. Though they are missing one of their top forwards in Marian Hossa, the Hawks need to find ways to win games as they come into the final stretch before the postseason.
Who’s Hot: The Hawks’ captain Jonathan Toews has six goals in the last five games, and winger Patrick Kane has goals in 2 straight contests and a 3-point streak going into Friday’s game...the Predator’s Craig Smith is red hot with 5 points (2 G, 3 A) in the last 2 games.
Injury Report: The Hawks’ Nikolai Khabibulin is still on LTIR (surgery) and Hossa (upper body) remains sidelined, though he got back on the ice Wednesday for skating....the Predators have no injuries to their team.
Game Info: 7 p.m. CT, CSN-CH, FS-TN
Location: United Center, 1901 W. Madison St, Chicago