The Hawks have been trailing in the Central Division all year and chasing some other teams. Coming into the Bridgestone Arena, the Hawks had the opportunity to not only catch the division leading team but to surpass them and take over for the first time this season as the Central Division leader and seize the opportunity they did.
The Hawks had Scott Darling in between the pipes since being recalled from Rockford and he has not cooled off at all. He was really challenged in both the first and third periods. He stopped 32 of 33 shots on goal with a .970 save percentage and looked very strong.
The game also saw Klas Dahlbeck make his NHL debut on the blue line for the Hawks and ...
The Blackhawks came into the game off of a frustrating overtime loss to the Calgary Flames. They had close to 50 shots on goal with only one actual goal in the game and as this game wore on it was beginning to have that same feeling as the game against Calgary. The Hawks had 37 shots against Nashville, this time though the results were much different.
Again Corey Crawford was great in the Blackhawks net and kept them in the game when the Predators were surging in the third period. Surprisingly, it was not Pekke Rinne in the Preadtors nets but a name that Blackhawks and IceHogs fans should be very familiar with Carter Hutton. Hutton has manned many a IceHogs net and Hawks net a...
With third place in the Central sewn up no matter what happens with the Blues and Avalanche's final games, Coach Joel Quenneville opted to sit a number of regular players for an otherwise-meaningless game.
Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were already out for the game, but Duncan Keith, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Marcus Krüger, and Michal Handzuš all were healthy scratches as well.
Ben Smith opened the scoring early for the Blackhawks, just 4:11 into the game. Marian Hossa would command his way into the Predators' zone before making an easy wraparound curl goal to make it 2-0.
It would take just 14 seconds after Hossa's goal for Nashville to break on...
What didn’t seem possible a week ago is now possible as things change quickly in the NHL. The Blackhawks are within striking distance of first in the Central division with a St. Louis Blues loss yesterday to the Philadelphia Flyers they are currently only four points back and these teams face each other one more time in the regular season.
The Blues do have a game in hand over the Hawks. The Blues will also play today against the Pittsburgh Penguins in an early afternoon tilt. The Blues have already clinched a playoff spot the question now remains where.
By game time the Hawks could be within two points from the divisional lead with a Hawks win. So there is plenty ...
The Chicago Blackhawks came into this game on the heels of a loss to a divisional foe. One would think that the cure is a win against another divisional opponent but unfortunately for the Blackhawks that did not happen as the Hawks lost again to another Central Division rival.
As we are coming down the home stretch every divisional win and loss is big and in a year where the Hawks surprisingly have not done well against their own division a loss against the Predators looms large.
The Hawks were outworked and lost every board battle in the first period. The energy and desire were absent. The results showed as Nashville was able to score twice on goals by Mike Fishe...
On Tuesday, the Chicago Blackhawks (24-7-5) are visiting one of their division rivals, the Nashville Predators (16-14-13), a team that currently sits 11th in the Western Conference and 18th league wide. The Blackhawks themselves are leading the league in points, followed closely by the Anaheim Ducks.
The Blackhawks have faced the Predators once in the season, a 7-2 blowout loss for Chicago exactly a month ago. They will want to put on a better show than ...
After a winless road trip, the Islanders returned home to Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday night for their second and final meeting of the season with the Nashville Predators. The first meeting was a Predators 3-2 victory last month. Tonight a different story as the Islanders snapped their 4 game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Predators on home ice.
The Islanders started the season on a high note with points in their first 3 games as they head on their first road trip of the season. The trip is short but an important early season back to back starting in Chicago on Friday night.Unlike last weekend, there is a possibility that Evgeni Nabokov will not start in goal on both games of the short trip and Kevin Poulin may make his first start of the season.
With the preseason now behind us, Isles fans everywhere can collectively breathe a sigh of relief as the moment we have all been waiting for is upon us. The Isles are on the verge of playing the first meaningful games since the heart breaking game 6 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins last May. We have all been eager to pick up right where we left off after exceeding all expectations last season. With all of this in mind, we can only hope for the success to continue so the Islanders can take their place among the elite teams of the NHL. Although the outcome of this coming season is yet to be determined, I think I speak for Islander fans everywhere when I say this is the most confident we have been in the last 20 years.