Blackhawks face Division rival as Preds come to town

Blackhawks face Division rival as Preds come to town
March 14, 2014, 8:00 am
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Nina Falcone

After falling to the Avalanche on Wednesday night, the Blackhawks have returned home and will look to get back to their winning ways tonight against the Nashville Predators. Catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet beginning at 6:30 with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Avalanche dropped the Blackhawks to third in the Central Division standings, but tonight the defending champions will look to get back to their winning ways against the Nashville Predators.

With only 16 games left to go in the regular season, the Blackhawks are battling to work their way up the Western Conference standings and back to their second-place ranking in the Central Division; a ranking the Avalanche claimed in Wednesday's victory.

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The Predators (28-28-10) are coming into tonight's game following back-to-back wins over the Senators and Sabres. But prior to those games, they dropped four straight at home.

Tonight marks the third meeting between these two teams; both the Blackhawks and Predators recorded a win in their two previous matchups. They will face off again before the end of the regular season on March 23 and April 12.

Point leaders

Blackhawks: Patrick Kane (29G, 38A), Patrick Sharp (29G, 35A), Jonathan Toews (25G, 37A), Duncan Keith (3G, 48A), *Marian Hossa (24G, 26A)

*The Blackhawks are still without Hossa as he continues to rehab an upper-body injury.

Predators: Shea Weber (16G, 26A), Craig Smith (20G, 20A), Mike Fisher (16G, 19A), Patric Hornqvist (12G, 21A), Nick Spaling (13G, 14A)

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Central Division standings

1. St. Louis Blues (95 points)

2. Colorado Avalanche (91 points)

3. Chicago Blackhawks (90 points)

4. Minnesota Wild (77 points)

5. Dallas Stars (74 points)

6. Winnipeg Jets (69 points)

7. Nashville Predators (66 points)

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