(4-0-1) Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators (4-0-2)
7 P.M. | Bridgestone Arena
TV: FS-TN | Radio: 102.5 The Game
The Nashville Predators will face the Chicago Blackhawks in the second meeting between the two in 2014-15, this time within the friendly confines of Bridgestone Arena on Thursday night.
The Preds fell 2-1 in overtime last Saturday to the Hawks on a shorthanded, breakaway goal from Jonathan Toews. Carter Hutton stopped 35 shots in the effort.
Both Central Division foes have yet to lose in regulation during the current campaign, with a combined eight wins and three overtime or shootout losses between them.
The Preds maintain a slight lead in the all-time series (42-39-(2)-9), including a 23-16-6 mark at Bridgestone Arena.
James Neal has 12 points (7g, 5a) in 15 career games against Chicago, while linemate Mike Ribeiro is currently riding a four-game pointstreak heading into Thursday's matchup.
Morning Skate Lines:
*On Injured Reserve
(Mike Fisher also skated this morning and rotated on a line with Clune and Bourque.)
Ekholm—Ellis (Bartley rotated)Goalies:
HuttonBlackhawks Projected Lines:
Laviolette on a chance for redemption tonight after Saturday's loss against Chicago:
"We had opportunities to win [Saturday] in the third period. There's an opportunity where we could walk away with two [points] right there as well. It was disappointing because you're on a power play in overtime and that's a chance to seal the game and walk out with that extra point and that was frustrating for us. [Tonight is] a chance to get back and play a big game, certainly for a lot of different reasons."Laviolette on what he's learned from his team thus far this season:
"We're a young group. There are times when we seem to be playing pretty good and there are times when I think that we can do things a little bit better out there. I think our consistency can improve. The one thing I've learned about this group, since day one, they come to work every day. Even on the days when we're looking for a little more consistency, it's not from a lack of caring or a lack of work ethic. They're a committed group, they're fun to work with and it's been a good start but I think we can get better. I know that they'll work to do that."
Coach presser: Head Coach Peter Laviolette What to watch for: Brent and Willy's Breakdown (Bonus: Jonathan Toews photo bomb)
Predators locker room video: Derey Roy, Pekka Rinne and Viktor Stalberg