WHO: Nashville Predators (49-23-7) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (29-40-9)
TICKETS: 2,900 tickets left! Order online, call 615-770-PUCK or visit any Ticketmaster outlet.
WHEN: 7:00 p.m. CT
WHERE: Nashville Arena, Nashville, TN
TONIGHT THE PREDS WEAR: Blue
TONIGHT'S ANTHEM PERFORMER: Arlene Gutierrez
TONIGHT'S INTERMISSION BAND: Stretta
TELEVISION: FSN South (Comcast cable Ch. 28 in Davidson and Williamson counties, DISH Network Ch. 449, DirecTV Ch. 664)
RADIO: WGFX 104.5-FM
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The Central Division rival Nashville Predators and Chicago Blackhawks meet in the eighth and final head-to-head contest this season tonight at Nashville Arena. After dropping three straight games vs. the 'Hawks to start the season, the Predators have rebounded with four straight wins. Nashville bounced back with a 2-1 victory on Dec. 20, an 8-3 win on Jan. 5, a 6-3 victory on January 20 and a 3-1 win on January 26. The Predators are 23-20-5 all-time vs. Chicago.
Tonight's game begins at 7:00 p.m. CT and tickets are still available. (See box at right to order.) The game will be broadcast on FSN South and WGFX 104.5-FM.
Forward Scott Nichol is expected to be back in the lineup for Nashville after missing 11 games with a broken thumb. Predators goaltender Chris Mason will get the start tonight--his first in five games. Mason is 3-1-1 against Chicago this season.
The Predators (105 points) trail the Detroit Red Wings (108) by three points in the Central Division standings. After tonight's game, the Predators will face St. Louis on Thursday at home before closing out the season in Denver vs. the Avalanche on Saturday. The Red Wings, who host Columbus tonight, will close out the season with a home-and-home series vs. the Blackhawks on Thursday and Saturday.
Alexander Radulov scored on Saturday vs. Dallas to extend his point streak to five games (3g-3a-6pts)... Greg Zanon has three goals in his last 32 games after going goal-less through January 15... The Predators outscored Dallas 1-0 in the second period on Saturday and have now outscored opponents by a combined 96-60 in second periods... Nashville trailed after two periods on Saturday for only the 19th time this season. The team's record when doing so is 3-15-1... The Predators allowed three first-period goals on Saturday for the first time since opening night, Oct. 5, 2006 against Chicago... Nashville is 23-14 in one-goal games, 37-10-4 when scoring first, 20-8-2 against Central Division opponents and 27-8-4 one home ice.