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Nashville eyes 10th win in 12 games; Chicago 5-1-1 in previous seven

by Robby Stanley / Correspondent

BLACKHAWKS (12-8-3) at PREDATORS (14-6-3)

8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV 


The Game

The Nashville Predators will attempt to win for the 10th time in their past 12 games when they host the Chicago Blackhawks at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday.

The Predators are 9-1-1 in their past 11 games and are 8-1-1 at home this season. Goaltender Pekka Rinne has won four consecutive starts and has held opponents to two goals or fewer in three of them.

The Blackhawks will try to extend their point streak to six games. They are 4-0-1 in their past five games and 5-1-1 in their past seven.

Goaltender Anton Forsberg could start for Chicago for the first time since making 35 saves in a 4-3 win at the Carolina Hurricanes on Nov. 11.


Players to watch

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in a seven-game point streak. 

Predators forward Filip Forsberg has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in his past eight games. Defenseman Mattias Ekholm has eight points (five goals, three assists) in his past seven games.


They said it

"Tough building, going to be a good test for us, great test. Nashville is as hot as any team in the League right now. We've seen them, and we know how good you've got to be to beat them. We've got to be at our best [Tuesday] for the whole game. The importance of every shift is there. It should be a loud and a fun game." -- Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville 

"I played with [center Ryan Johansen and forward Viktor Arvidsson] a lot last year, and we've just tried to play the same way this year and obviously that's helped my game a lot. At the same time, I feel good. I love everyone on this team, and obviously that brings the best out of everyone." -- Predators forward Filip Forsberg 


Blackhawks projected lineup

Brandon Saad -- Jonathan Toews -- Richard Panik

Nick Schmaltz -- Artem Anisimov -- Patrick Kane

Patrick Sharp -- Ryan Hartman -- Alex DeBrincat

Lance Bouma -- Tommy Wingels -- John Hayden

Duncan Keith -- Cody Franson

Connor Murphy -- Brent Seabrook

Gustav Forsling -- Jan Rutta

Anton Forsberg

Corey Crawford

Scratched: Michal Kempny, Tanner Kero, Jordan Oesterle

Injured: Michal Rozsival (concussion), Jordin Tootoo (upper body)


Predators projected lineup

Filip Forsberg -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson

Kevin Fiala -- Kyle Turris -- Craig Smith

Pontus Aberg -- Nick Bonino -- Calle Jarnkrok

Miikka Salomaki -- Colton Sissons -- Austin Watson

Roman Josi -- Mattias Ekholm

Alexei Emelin -- P.K. Subban

Matt Irwin -- Anthony Bitetto

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

Scratched: Frederick Gaudreau, Cody McLeod

Injured: Ryan Ellis (knee), Scott Hartnell (lower body), Yannick Weber (lower body)


Status report

The Blackhawks did not hold a morning skate. … Hartnell and Weber participated in the morning skate but did not join line rushes.


Stat pack

Kane has 51 points (23 goals, 28 assists) in 55 career games against the Predators. … Arvidsson has 11 points (six goals, five assists) in his past 11 games.  

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