GAME 2 RECAP
The Predators defeated the Blackhawks 5-0 on Saturday night in Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round to take a 2-0 lead in the series. The Blackhawks are now 5-3 all-time at home in the postseason against the Predators. Crawford made 24 saves and is now 48-35 in his postseason career. Patrick Kane skated in his 125th career postseason contest. He has 121 points on 49 goals and 72 helpers in those games. Jonathan Toews won 14 of 23 (61 percent) faceoffs against the Predators and led Chicago with five shots on goal. Niklas Hjalmarsson paced the club with five blocked shots. Richard Panik shared the team lead with five hits in 15:06 of ice time. Brent Seabrook shared the team lead with five hits and also recorded two blocked shots. Dennis Rasmussen made his postseason debut, collecting three hits and two shots on goal. Vinnie Hinostroza also skated in his first career playoff game.
THREE OPPONENTS TO WATCH
D Ryan Ellis: Ellis netted his first career playoff goal in Game 2 on Saturday, which stood as the game-winner. He set a career high in goals (16) during the regular season and finished the campaign ranked third on the Predators with 23:57 of average ice time. He recorded his first career multi-point game on Jan. 19 at Calgary and earned a career-high three assists on Nov. 21 vs. Tampa Bay.
C Ryan Johansen: The fourth-overall pick in the 2010 NHL Draft shared the team lead in points (61) and ranked first in assists (47) and power-play points (23) during the regular season. Heading into Sunday's games, he shared the league lead in postseason points (4) and assists (3). Johansen picked up his first goal of the 2017 postseason and added two helpers to pace Nashville in Game 2.
G Pekka Rinne: Rinne has made 59 saves on 59 shots faced through the first two games, becoming the first goaltender to record consecutive playoff shutouts since Michael Leighton in 2010 with Philadelphia. The veteran netminder also registered two helpers, a postseason career high. Rinne posted a 31-19-9 record in the regular season with a 2.42 GAA and a .918 save percentage.