After playing eight of their first 10 games at home, the Blackhawks embark on a four-game road trip in Nashville tonight to kick off a stretch with seven of their next nine away from the United Center.
Chicago is fresh off a 5-1 win over the LA Kings on Sunday night with two goals from Dylan Strome and one each from Alex DeBrincat, Drake Caggiula and David Kampf. Robin Lehner made 38 saves on 39 shots to pick up his second win of the season. Patrick Kane notched his team-leading sixth assist and ninth point overall on the final goal, while Strome and DeBrincat pulled into a four-way tie with Kane and Brandon Saad for the lead in goals (3).
Nashville took a 3-2 overtime win agaisnt the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night with Roman Josi (1G, 2A) playing a role in every Predators goal, including a game-tying power play tally with five minutes left in the third. The defenseman (5G, 8A) is tied for Nashville's scoring lead with defensive partner Ryan Ellis (2G, 11A).
In four meetings last year, the Central Division rivals took points on home ice with the Blackhawks taking a 2-1 win on Dec. 18 and a 4-3 overtime loss on Jan. 9 at the United Center, while the Predators took a pair of 5-2 wins at Bridgestone Arena on Dec. 1 and April 6. Patrick Kane (5A) and Ryan Johansen (1G, 4A) led their teams in scoring.
The Blackhawks did not go through line rushes during morning skate in Nashville, but head coach Jeremy Colliton confirmed that he will roll the same lineup from Sunday's win over the Kings tonight on the road, including Robin Lehner starting in goal.