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#2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. #7 Nashville Predators

April 14, 2010

#2 Chicago (52-22-8, 112 pts)

#7 Nashville (47-29-6, 100 pts)
 
 
Regular season series (Blackhawks lead 4-2)

Oct 15, 2009 Chicago 3, Nashville 1
Oct 24, 2009 Nashville 0, Chicago 2
Oct 29, 2009 Chicago 0, Nashville 2
Dec 4, 2009 Nashville 4, Chicago 1
Dec 26, 2009 Chicago 4, Nashville 1
Dec 27, 2009 Nashville 4, Chicago 5

 
 
Chicago Key Numbers
Power Play: 17.6%
Penalty Kill: 85.2%
Face-off: 52.3%
Last month: 6-3-1
Major injuries: Troy Brouwer (day to day), Brian Campbell, Kim Johnsson
 

Nashville Key Numbers
Power Play: 16.4%
Penalty Kill: 77.1%
Face-off: 49.2%
Last ten: 6-3-1
Major injuries: Patric Hornqvist (day to day), Denis Grebeshkov
 
 

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Jesse Liebman:
 

What a difference a year makes. After reaching the conference finals the Blackhawks are ready to contend for the Cup again. The Predators? They have never gotten past the first round of the playoffs. This is perhaps as good a year to do it. With Brian Campbell out, the Blackhawks lose a valuable asset from the back end. Pekka Rinne trumps Cristobal Huet in net, and while the Predators may not have the luxury of speed and scoring talent such as Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa, they still are a gritty team that head coach Barry Trotz can get to produce results. I’m going out on a limb on this one: the Hawks will be a great team…just not this year. After all, sometimes you need to take a step backward before you can take two steps forward.

Nashville in 7

 
 

Jeff Hancock:

 

I think this match-up has the biggest potential for an upset out West.  These two are division rivals and know each other well.  Shea Weber and Ryan Suter on Nashville’s blueline, along with Pekka Rinne in net, will be enough to frustrate the young Blackhawks.  Chicago’s goaltending is suspect as well.  It’s going to be a tough, long series between these two.  In the end, Chicago has too much offensive talent.  Would I be shocked if they lost? No. But, I’m picking the ‘Hawks in round one.

 

Chicago in 7

 
 

Brandon Fox:

 

This matchup could be interesting. Pekka Rinne has stood tall for the Preds in goal. Nashville is a defensively-responsible team that could steal a few games. On the other hand, Chicago has one of best offenses in the west- led by scorers Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa. In the end, the Blackhawks’ offensive firepower will outlast the Predators.

 

Chicago in 6
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  1. April 30, 2010 9:34 AM

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