Tuesday, March 28, 2023
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NHL Preview: Nashville Predators (30-23-6) at Chicago Blackhawks (21-35-5)


OVERALL (130 GP) 64-50-(4)-12
HOME (64 GP) 36-22-(3)-3
ROAD (66 GP) 28-28-(1)-9
LAST MEETING Dec. 21, 2022 at CHI (W, 4-2)
PLAYOFFS (1-2) Last: 2017 WCQ (W, 4-0)

− The Predators are 64-50-(4)-12 all-time against the Blackhawks, including a 28-28-(1)-9 record on the road.

− This is the second of three matchups between Nashville and Chicago in 2022-23; it is the second and final at United Center.

− Nashville is 1-0-0 against Chicago this season, securing a 4-2 win on the road on Dec. 21 in a game that saw Roman Josi pass David Legwand for the most points in franchise history.

− The Predators are 4-0-1 in their last five games against the Blackhawks; they are 8-0-2 in their last 10; and 3-0-2 in their last five on the road.

− The Predators have earned at least a point in 22 of their last 25 games against the Blackhawks (18-3-4), holding Chicago to two-or-fewer goals 21 times in that span.

− Nashville is currently on a 15-game point streak against Chicago (12-0-3), its longest active point streak against a single opponent.

− The Predators went 7-0-1 vs. the Blackhawks in 2020-21, their most wins against Chicago in a single season in team history. Nashville outscored Chicago 25-14, allowing two-or-fewer goals in seven of those contests. The team’s seven wins against Chicago in 2020-21 were its most vs. a single opponent in a season since 2007-08 (seven vs. Columbus); it also was the fifth time in Preds history they won at least seven games against an opponent in a single season.

− On Jan. 9, 2020, the Preds defeated Chicago, 5-2, at the United Center in a game that featured Pekka Rinne’s first career goal and John Hynes’ first win as Nashville head coach.

− This will be the 131st time the Predators and Blackhawks clash in the regular season, Nashville’s most games played against a single opponent.

− Juuse Saros is 9-2-2 with a 2.13 goals-against average, .932 save percentage and one shutout in 14 career appearances vs. the Blackhawks.

− Kevin Lankinen played the first 69 games of his NHL career with Chicago from 2020-22. He went 25-29-11 and posted a 3.23 goals-against average and .901 save percentage for the Blackhawks.

− Dante Fabbro scored his first career NHL goal on April 6, 2019 vs. Chicago (Cam Ward).

− Predators prospect Ryan Ufko won the USHL’s Clark Cup with the Chicago Steel in 2020-21.

− Predators prospect Spencer Stastney is a product of the Chicago Mission youth hockey program.

− Blackhawks defenseman Seth Jones was drafted fourth overall by the Predators in 2013; he skated in 199 games for Nashville from 2013-16, tallying 63 points (15g-48a).

− Chicago forward Colin Blackwell made his NHL debut with Nashville in 2018-19 and skated in 33 total games with the Predators, recording 10 points (3g-7a).

− Blackhawks defenseman Jarred Tinordi played in 35 games with the Predators from 2019-21

− Nashville Predators 2, Florida Panthers 1 – March 2 (FLA Live Arena)

− NSH goals: Duchene – PP (19), Leonard – GWG (1)

− FLA goals: Montour (11)

− Goaltenders: NSH – Lankinen (W, 30/31); FLA – Bobrovsky (L, 21/23)

− Power plays: NSH 1-1; FLA 0-0

− Notes: Nashville improved to 14-12-3 on the road in 2022-23… The Predators closed out their two-game, regular-season series against the Panthers with a 2-0-0 record… Kevin Lankinen made 30 saves, including 15 in the second period, to pick up his seventh win of the season… Tyson Barrie skated 21:58 in his Predators debut… John Leonard, also making his Predators debut, scored his first career game-winning goal… Luke Evangelista recorded his first career NHL point with an assist on Matt Duchene’s power-play goal… Duchene moved into a tie with Filip Forsberg for the most goals on the team (19)… Roman Josi tallied two assists.

March 4, 2023 at Chicago Blackhawks

Player Designation Dates Missed Games Missed
Mark Borowiecki Upper body – IR Oct. 27-March 2 52
Filip Forsberg Upper body – day-to-day Feb. 13-March 2 9
Ryan Johansen Right leg surgery Feb. 23-March 2 4
Juuso Parssinen Upper body – day-to-day Feb. 26-March 2 3
Total man-games lost: 131
Individual man-games lost: Borowiecki – 53; McCarron – 20; Carrier – 14; Forsberg – 9; McDonagh – 7; Smith – 6; Trenin – 5;
Johansen – 4; Glass – 3; Lauzon – 3; Parssinen – 3; Jankowski – 2; Duchene – 1; Lankinen – 1

− March 3: Acquired forward Rasmus Asplund from Buffalo for a seventh-round pick in the 2025 NHL Draft. Signed defenseman Dante Fabbro to a one-year, $2.5 million contract for 2023-24. Signed goaltender Kevin Lankinen to a oneyear, $2 million contract for 2023-24.

− March 2: Recalled forward John Leonard from Milwaukee (AHL).

− March 1: Acquired a second-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft from Pittsburgh for forward Mikael Granlund


TV: NBCSCH – Chris Vosters (PxP), Troy Murray (analyst) and Colby Cohen (analyst)
RADIO: WGN-AM 720 – John Wiedeman (PxP) and Joe Brand (analyst)
SPANISH RADIO: Univision Sports Radio 1200 AM – Miguel Esparza (PxP) and Jorge Moreno (analyst) 

Monday, March 6 vs. OTT, 8:00 p.m. CT (NBCSCH, WGN Radio, Univision (Spanish))
Wednesday, March 8 at DET, 6:30 p.m. CT (TNT, WGN Radio)
Friday, March 10 at FLA, 6:00 p.m. CT (NBCSCH, WGN Radio)
Saturday, March 11 at TBL, 6:00 p.m. CT (NBCSCH, WGN Radio)
Tuesday, March 14 vs. BOS, 7:30 p.m. CT (NBCSCH, WGN Radio, Univision (Spanish))

March 3 – Recalled Anders Bjork from Rockford … Activated Nikita Zaitsev from non-roster … Assigned David Gust, Brett Seney and Isaak Phillips to Rockford … Feb. 27 – Activated Jarred Tinordi from IR … Feb. 26 – Activated Alex Stalock off IR and assigned Jaxson Stauber to Rockford … Feb. 25 – Placed Reese Johnson on IR retroactive to Feb. 20 … Activated Jujhar Khaira from IR … Feb. 23 – Signed David Gust to a two-year, two-way contract and recalled him from Rockford … Feb. 21 – Placed MacKenzie Entwistle on IR … Feb. 15 – Recalled Cole Guttman, Isaak Phillips and Brett Seney from Rockford … Placed Alex Stalock, Jarred Tinordi and Jonathan Toews on IR … Feb. 7 – Activated Tyler Johnson and Jarred Tinordi off IR … Feb. 5 – Recalled Jaxson Stauber from Rockford … Jan. 29 – Assigned Luke Philp, Filip Roos and Jaxson Stauber to Rockford.

Score: Chicago (2) vs. Dallas (5) – Thu., March 2 – United Center
CHI Goals: Guttman (3), Jones (7)
DAL Goals: Hintz (27; PP), Hintz (28; PP), Benn (25), Lindell (7), Hintz (29; EN)
Goalies: CHI – Mrazek (31/34, 58:15) DAL – Murray (19/21, 60:00)
CHI PP: 0/2; PK: 2/4
DAL PP: 2/4; PK: 2/2
Recap: The Blackhawks dropped a 5-2 decision to the Dallas Stars on Thursday … Cole Guttman scored his third goal of the season and the first of the night for the Blackhawks … Seth Jones also scored his seventh of the season … Jarred Tinordi tallied an assist, his first point since missing six games with injury … Tyler Johnson also posted a helper … Petr Mrazek made 31 saves.

The Blackhawks play the Predators tonight in the second of three matchups against the club this season … Chicago is 2-4-1 in their last seven games against Nashville … Chicago fell to Nashville 4-2 on Dec. 21 Connor Murphy registered a multi-point effort (1G, 1A), his first of the season … MacKenzie Entwistle scored the other goal for the Blackhawks … Andreas Athanasiou has points in four of his last six contests against the team (4G, 1A) … Seth Jones was drafted by Nashville in the first round (4th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft … Colin Blackwell played in 33 games with the Predators between 2018-20, registering 10 points (3G, 7A).

2022-23 Schedule/Results: HOME: Dec. 21 (2-4), March 4 | AWAY: March 16
All-Time Record: 252-243-101 | Home: 134-119-46 | Road: 118-124-55
Last Home Win: Nov. 7, 2021 (2-1) | Last Road Win: Dec. 3, 2022 (5-2) | Last Home Loss: Dec. 21, 2022
(2-4) | Last Road Loss: Nov. 16, 2019 (7-2)
GOALS: Tyler Johnson, 6; Andreas Athanasiou, 4; 4 players with 1 goal
ASSISTS: Seth Jones, 9; Jason Dickinson, 6; Tyler Johnson, 4
POINTS: Tyler Johnson, 10; Seth Jones, 9; Jason Dickinson, 7

One-Day Rest: 12-14-1
Two-Days Rest: 4-4-0
Three+ Days Rest: 2-2-2
First Game of a B2B: 2-6-1
Second Game of a B2B: 1-9-1

Monday: 0-2-0
Tuesday: 3-8-1
Wednesday: 1-6-0
Thursday: 4-5-1
Friday: 5-2-1
Saturday: 5-6-1
Sunday: 3-6-1

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