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Preview: Predators at Blackhawks

Chicago goes for third straight win; Nashville without forwards James Neal, Viktor Arvidsson, Colin Wilson

by Brian Hedger / NHL.com Correspondent

PREDATORS (17-15-7) at BLACKHAWKS (25-12-5)

7 p.m. ET; WGN, FS-TN, NHL.TV

 

Predators team scope

The Nashville Predators will be without injured forwards James Neal, Viktor Arvidsson and Colin Wilson. Neal and Arvidsson each has an upper-body injury, and Wilson has a lower-body injury. Each was injured in a 2-1 loss at the Florida Panthers on Friday. "For us, it doesn't matter who's in or out," left wing Austin Watson said. "It's the guys who are in the lineup that night have to go out and get the job done. Obviously, some important pieces [are out], but it's on the guys in here to go out there, pick up the slack and get the job done." Pekka Rinne was the first goalie off the ice at the morning skate and likely will start after backing up Juuse Saros against the Panthers. Rookie forward Frederick Gaudreau, who was recalled Saturday from Milwaukee of the American Hockey League, will draw into the lineup in Wilson's place.

 

Blackhawks team scope

The Chicago Blackhawks are looking for their third straight win after sweeping a back-to-back set against the Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes. Chicago is 3-4-1 since a five-game winning streak and has won two of the first three games against Nashville this season (2-1-0). "We knew coming into the homestand we wanted to get some points and get back on track here at home, so we did that the first couple of games," right wing Patrick Kane said. "Now we have a big divisional game against Nashville. Try to keep playing the same way." The Blackhawks are 5-1-0 in the past six games against the Predators dating to last season. Corey Crawford will be in net for Chicago, which is 15-4-4 at United Center.

 

Predators projected lineup

Filip Forsberg -- Ryan Johansen -- Calle Jarnkrok

Austin Watson -- Mike Fisher -- Colton Sissons

Kevin Fiala -- Mike Ribeiro -- Craig Smith

Harry Zolnierczyk -- Vladislav Kamenev -- Frederick Gaudreau

Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis

Mattias Ekholm -- Matt Irwin

Anthony Bitetto - Yannick Weber

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

Scratched: Petter Granberg

Injured: James Neal (upper body), Viktor Arvidsson (upper body), P.K. Subban (upper body), Miikka Salomaki (lower body), Colin Wilson (lower body)

 

Blackhawks projected lineup

Vinnie Hinostroza -- Jonathan Toews -- Marian Hossa

Artemi Panarin -- Artem Anisimov -- Patrick Kane

Ryan Hartman -- Tanner Kero -- Richard Panik

Andrew Desjardins -- Dennis Rasmussen -- Jordin Tootoo

Duncan Keith -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Michal Kempny -- Brent Seabrook

Brian Campbell -- Niklas Hjalmarsson

Corey Crawford

Scott Darling

Scratched: Michal Rozsival

Injured: Marcus Kruger (hand)

 

Status report

Rozsival is likely to be scratched for the fifth straight game and has played once in the past 12 games. … The Blackhawks are going with the same forward lines for the second straight game. … Nashville coach Peter Laviolette juggled the forward lines after it was determined Wilson wouldn't play. Fiala and Jarnkrok have flipped spots on the first and third lines, Smith was bumped up to the third line and Gaudreau will skate on the fourth line to replace Wilson.

 

Who's hot

Toews has three goals and six points in the past seven games. ... Keith has assists in the past three games. ... Kane has four points (one goal) in the past two games. … Forsberg has six goals and eight points in the past nine games. ... Johansen has six assists in the past six games.

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