7:07 pm
November 7

Predators @ Blackhawks

Who will WIN this matchup?

Nashville Predators (6-5-0)

@ Chicago Blackhawks (1-9-2)


Starting Goalies:

Juuse Saros (NSH): Unconfirmed 

Kevin Lankinen (CHI): Likely


Current odds:

Nashville Predators: (-110)

Chicago Blackhawks: (-110)


Saaros plus special teams equals sizzling. That equation has continued to spell success for the Nashville Predators, who have won five of their last six as they enter Sunday’s game in Chicago against the struggling Blackhawks. Goaltender Juuse Saros boasts four of the victories in that span after saving 26 shots in Friday’s 3-2 victory at Vancouver, the third stop on the club’s current six-game road trip.

The Blackhawks will be looking to turn the page on an ugly chapter in their history. The team fired head coach Jeremy Colliton on Saturday following a 1-9-2 start and also relieved assistant coaches Tomas Mitell and Sheldon Brookbank of their duties.

Chicago continues to deal with significant off-the-ice issues stemming from a sexual assault allegation against one of their former employees from a decade ago. The front office promoted Derek King from AHL Rockville and announced him as the team’s interim head coach.

On the ice, Chicago will hope to build more consistency in its attack. Forward Alex DeBrincat has been limited to zero shots on goal in two of the past three games. Overall, the club had a season-low 18 shots on goal Friday.

Saros helped Nashville turn away each of the Canucks’ five power-play opportunities Friday.

Offensively, Roman Josi and Philip Tomasino both scored on the man-advantage, with Tomasino’s tally at 19:15 of the second period standing up as the game-winner.

Tomasino called the Predators’ special teams “huge.” His coach concurred. “On the power play, we talked about some different things, but they continue to be able to execute,” Hynes said. “As we all know, special teams are such a big part of the game, and it’s nice to see both units building chemistry, building some confidence, because there’s production, but also building the identities of each special team.”

StreakSmarter Pick
Nashville Predators