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Preds vs. Hawks: 2009-10 Season Series At A Glance

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
Game-by-Game Results | Team Stats Comparison | Player Stats Leaders

The Predators open the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs with a Western Conference Quarterfinals matchup against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Predators went 2-4-0 against the Blackhawks during the regular season.

Here's a quick look back at the regular season series between the Preds and Hawks.

Game-by-Game Results
Oct. 15 at Nashville: Blackhawks 3, Predators 1
Huet vs. Rinne (Kopecky GWG) 
Game Highlights
Chicago scored twice in the first 2:49 of the second period to claim a 2-0 lead. Martin Erat put the Preds on the board 47 seconds later. Duncan Keith added a goal midway through the third period to reclaim a two-goal Hawks advantage. The Blackhawks held the Predators to 13 shots on goal, while Pekka Rinne turned aside 27 shots for Nashville.

Oct. 24 at Chicago: Blackhawks 2, Predators 0
Huet vs. Ellis (Byfuglien GWG) 
Game Highlights 
Cristobal Huet made 27 saves, while Dustin Byfuglien and Andrew Ladd scored second period goals 56 seconds apart to provide the offense for the Blackhawks. Dan Ellis turned aside 29 shots in net a Preds team that was minus Jason Arnott and Dan Hamhuis due to injuries. Nashville used the loss as a rallying point, rebounding to go 11-2-0 in its next 13 games to climb into the heart of the playoff scene.

Oct. 29 at Nashville: Predators 2, Blackhawks 0
Rinne vs. Huet (Ward GWG) 
Game Highlights 
Pekka Rinne made 22 saves as the Preds reversed the result from the series meeting just five days prior. Joel Ward scored a power-play goal with 5:07 remaining in the second period and Jerred Smithson iced the game with an empty net shorthanded tally in the final seconds of play.

Dec. 4 at Chicago: Predators 4, Blackhawks 1
Ellis vs. Huet (Erat GWG)
  Game Highlights  
Dan Ellis made 34 saves, including 14 in the first period, as the Preds rallied from an eraly 1-0 deficit to net the game's final four goals. Dan Hamhuis tied the game late in the first period and Martin Erat netted the game-winner 7:01 into the middle frame. Jordin Tootoo and Joel Ward added goals 35 seconds apart late in the third period to seal the win.

Dec. 26 at Nashville: Blackhawks 4, Predators 1
Huet vs. Rinne (Kane GWG)
Game Highlights 
Chicago scored three times in the final 7:34 of the second period to blow open a 1-1 tie, while Cristobal Huet stopped 25-of-26 shots for the win. Pekka Rinne countered with 36 saves in net for Nashville, including 14 in the first period. Chicago opened the scoring on Dustin Byfuglien's power-play goal. Martin Erat's 13th goal of the season tied the score 7:38 into the second period, before Patrick Kane and Andrew Ladd scored 1:10 apart late in the period to give the Hawks the lead for good.

Dec. 27 at Chicago: Blackhawks 5, Predators 4
Niemi vs. Ellis (Kane GWG)
Game Highlights 
Patrick Kane scored with 43.4 seconds to play to cap a back-and-forth third period and give the Blackhawks a sweep of the weekend back-to-back set. The Preds opened the scoring on Marcel Goc's goal 1:35 into the game and took a 2-1 lead on Martin Erat's goal 47 seconds into the second frame, but the Hawks scored three consecutive goals in the third period to claim a 4-2 advantage with 6:27 remaining in regulation. Dan Hamhuis and Patric Hornqvist scored 57 seconds apart to tie the game at 4-4, setting the stage for Kane's winner.

Head-to-Head Goals by Period
1 2 3 OT Total
Predators 2 5 5 0 12
Blackhawks 3 7 5 0 15

Head-to-Head Shots by Period
1 2 3 OT Total
Predators 45 47 45 0 137
Blackhawks 65 61 64 0 190

Special Teams:
Nashville- Power-Play: 1-19 (5.3%)Penalty Kill: 16-19 (84.2%); 1 Shorthanded Goal
Chicago -  Power-Play: 3-19 (15.8%)Penalty Kill: 18-19 (94.7%); 0 Shorthanded Goals

Individual Leaders:
Martin Erat 5 gp, 4g-1a (5pts), E
Dan Hamhuis 5 gp, 2g-1a (3 pts), E
Cody Franson 4 gp, 0g-3a (3 pts), +3
Ryan Suter 6 pg, 0g-3a (3 pts), +1

Pekka Rinne 3 gp, 1-2-0, 2.35 GAA, .924 SV%
Dan Ellis 3 gp, 1-2-0, 2.70 GAA, .918 SV%
Jonathan Toews 4 gp, 1g-6a (7pts), +4
Patrick Kane 6 gp, 3g-2a (5 pts), +1
Brian Campbell 6 gp, 1g-3a (4 pts), E
Duncan Keith 6 gp, 1g-3a (4 pts), -1

Cristobal Huet 5 gp, 3-2-0, 1.41 GAA, .940 SV%
Antti Niemi 1 gp, 1-0-0, 4.03 GAA, .800 SV%

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