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26-43-13
Nashville
Predators
49-25-8

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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

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Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators

GAME: Chicago Blackhawks (24-40-12) at Nashville Predators (44-25-8).

TIME: Saturday, 8 p.m. EDT.

Having already set several franchise records this season, the Nashville Predators look to continue their drive for 100 points when they meet the Chicago Blackhawks for the final time this season.

Among the records the Predators have set are wins, home wins and goals scored. They need four more points to reach the 100 mark for the first time in their eight seasons.

Including this contest, four of Nashville's final five games are against teams that have been eliminated from the playoffs. The only playoff-bound team the Predators will face is the league-leading Detroit Red Wings in the April 18 regular-season finale.

The Preds avoided their third straight loss with a 3-0 victory Thursday over St. Louis - the worst team in the Western Conference. Kimmo Timonen, Shea Weber and Paul Kariya scored power-play goals and Chris Mason needed to make only 18 saves for his first shutout of the season.

"We got a real good work ethic going, established a good forecheck, played solid through the neutral zone and obviously special teams were really good for us on both ends," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "I just thought we managed the puck all night pretty well."

Kariya, who needs two goals for his seventh 30-goal season, has four goals and three assists in seven games against Chicago this season.

The Blackhawks, out of the postseason mix for the seventh time in eight seasons, dropped a 4-3 decision in overtime to Edmonton on Friday.

After Kyle Calder's goal with 1:59 to play in regulation knotted the score 3-3, Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin appeared to give up the game-winner to the Oilers' Fernando Pisani, but the goal was nullified after video review.

Just 16 seconds later, Ryan Smyth scored for Edmonton.

Eleven of Chicago's last 12 games have been decided by one goal, with the Blackhawks winning just four. They are 12-26 in one-goal games this season.

"Twenty-six one-goal losses, that's really frustrating," Calder said, "especially when we battle so hard."

The Blackhawks have a win, seven losses and two ties in their last 10 visits to Nashville.

STANDINGS: Blackhawks - 60 points, 4th place, 54 PB, Central Division. Predators - 96 points, 2nd place, 18 PB, Central Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Blackhawks - Mark Bell, 24 goals; Calder, 32 assists and 53 points; Matthew Barnaby, 170 PIM. Predators - Steve Sullivan, 31 goals; Kariya, 50 assists and 78 points; Brendan Witt, 185 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Blackhawks - Power play: 12.4 percent (48 for 388), 30th in NHL. Penalty killing: 83.4 percent (431 for 517), 13th. Predators - Power play: 18.5 percent (63 for 455), 11th (tied). Penalty killing: 84.4 percent (421 for 499), 6th.

GOALTENDERS: Blackhawks - Khabibulin (16-23-6, 0 SO, 3.31 GAA); Craig Anderson (5-12-3, 1, 3.44). Predators - Mason (7-5-1, 1, 2.93); Pekka Rinne (1-1-0, 0, 3.80);

SEASON SERIES: Predators, 5-2.

LAST MEETING: Monday, Blackhawks, 4-3. At Chicago, Rene Bourque had a goal and two assists as Chicago scored all of its goals in the first period. Greg Johnson had a goal and an assist for the Predators.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Blackhawks - 10-22-6 on the road; Predators - 28-8-1 at home.

2005-2006 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 08 '06 CHI 1 at NSH 2 - SO M. Erat
Apr 05 '06 NSH 3 at CHI 4 R. Bourque
Mar 01 '06 NSH 0 at CHI 3 D. Byfuglien
Feb 04 '06 CHI 0 at NSH 6 S. Hartnell
Jan 08 '06 NSH 5 at CHI 1 A. Hall
Dec 21 '05 NSH 6 at CHI 1 Y. Perreault
Dec 15 '05 CHI 3 at NSH 5 V. Fiddler
Oct 25 '05 CHI 3 at NSH 5 D. Legwand