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Nashville forward missed one game with lower-body injury; Lehner to start for Chicago

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BLACKHAWKS (3-5-2) at PREDATORS (7-3-1)

8 p.m. ET; FS-TN, NBCSCH, NHL.TV

 
The Game

Matt Duchene is expected to return to the lineup for the Nashville Predators when they host the Chicago Blackhawks at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday.

The forward missed a 3-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday with a lower-body injury. Forward Filip Forsberg, who has missed five games with a lower-body injury, took part in the morning skate but is not expected to play.

Nashville eyes its fourth straight victory; it has outscored opponents 13-3 in three straight wins.

Robin Lehner will start for the Blackhawks and play his 100th NHL game. The goalie is 2-1-2 with a 2.16 goals-against average and .935 save percentage in five starts for Chicago, 1-3-1 in its past four games.

 
Players to watch

Blackhawks forward Dylan Strome had three points (two goals, one assist) in a 5-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday.

Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, who will start, is 6-0-1 with a 1.98 GAA, .931 save percentage and one shutout in seven starts this season.

 
They said it

"There's been some ups and downs. We've kind of battled through adversity here, and I think we're starting to learn how to play the way we want to, the way the coaching staff wants us to play. Hopefully we can go on a big run here and there's a lot of success right around the corner." -- Blackhawks Chicago forward Patrick Kane

"It's obviously frustrating. You want to play. You want to play hockey. That's why I'm here is to help the team but at the same time, you can't let it take over. You've just got to try to work hard and get back out there." -- Predators forward Filip Forsberg

 

Blackhawks projected lineup

Alex DeBrincat -- Jonathan Toews -- Patrick Kane

Dominik Kubalik -- David Kampf -- Alex Nylander

Brandon Saad -- Kirby Dach -- Andrew Shaw

Drake Caggiula -- Ryan Carpenter -- Dylan Strome

Duncan Keith -- Calvin de Haan

Olli Maatta -- Dennis Gilbert

Slater Koekkoek -- Erik Gustafsson

Robin Lehner

Corey Crawford

Scratched: Zack Smith, Brent Seabrook

Injured: Connor Murphy (groin)

 

Predators projected lineup
Calle Jarnkrok -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson
Mikael Granlund -- Kyle Turris -- Matt Duchene
Rocco Grimaldi -- Nick Bonino -- Craig Smith
Miikka Salomaki -- Colton Sissons -- Austin Watson
Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm -- Dante Fabbro
Dan Hamhuis -- Matt Irwin
Pekka Rinne
Juuse Saros
Scratched: Yannick Weber, Colin Blackwell
Injured: Filip Forsberg (lower body)
Status report

Seabrook will be a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game. … The Predators held an optional morning skate.

 

Stat pack

Kane has 57 points (23 goals, 34 assists) in 61 games against Nashville. … Duchene has 34 points (13 goals, 21 assists) in 36 games against Chicago. … Josi has seven points (three goals, four assists) in a four-game point streak. … Ellis has 10 points (one goal, nine assists) in his past seven games.

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