CHICAGO -- If the Chicago Blackhawks get caught peeking ahead to the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, they might get a rude awakening in their final game before taking it outside against the Washington Capitals.
The Blackhawks play the Nashville Predators at United Center on Monday in a game pitting the top two teams in the Central Division. Nashville, which has played two less games, trails Chicago by two points in the standings. A win would move the Predators into the top spot in their final regular-season game against the Blackhawks.
"I don't think we're thinking about sending a message," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said after Chicago's morning skate. "We're thinking about wanting to win the game. We know the importance of these two-point, four-point swings could be the difference at the end of the year from being in first place. That's the motivation. That's the thought process."