Old teammates reunite as Blackhawks face Predators

Old teammates reunite as Blackhawks face Predators
November 16, 2013, 9:00 am
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The Blackhawks won their fourth straight game in Thursday's 5-4 shootout victory over the Coyotes and will now face the Predators on the road. Catch all the action beginning at 6:30 with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

Kris Versteeg skated with the Blackhawks on Friday and will soon play a game again with the team he never wanted to leave in the first place.

Following the Blackhawks' 5-4 shootout victory against the Coyotes on Thursday night, general manager Stan Bowman announced forward Jimmy Hayes and defenseman Dylan Olsen were sent to Florida in exchange for Versteeg. Tonight he'll join Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell on the Blackhawks' third line as they face off against the Nashville Predators.

[MORE: A happy Versteeg gets back to work with the Blackhawks]

The Predators, on the other hand, are coming into tonight's matchup following a tough streak as they've recorded just one goal in their last three games played. 

It hasn't been an easy year for Nashville as goaltender Pekka Rinne was sidelined with a hip infection. He underwent surgery back on Oct. 24, but in the meantime, former Rockford IceHogs goaltender Carter Hutton is spending plenty of time in net and will get the start against a number of his former teammates tonight.

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Speaking of former teammates, the Blackhawks will also be facing Viktor Stalberg for the first time this year since he signed a four-year deal with Nashville over the offseason.

The Predators signed Stalberg with the hopes of aiding their offensive production, but the former Blackhawk had a rough start to the year and was listed a healthy scratch a number of times before being put back into the lineup. Stalberg has played a total of 12 games this season and recorded one goal and one assist in that time.  

Point leaders

Blackhawks: Patrick Kane (10G, 9A), Jonathan Toews (9G, 9A), Patrick Sharp (5G, 12A), Marian Hossa (9G, 6A), Duncan Keith (1G, 13A)

Predators: David Legwand (4G, 11A), Patric Hornqvist (5G, 6A), Colin Wilson (3G, 6A), Shea Weber (4G, 4A), Craig Smith (3G, 5A)

Goaltender matchup

Nikolai Khabibulin will get his first start in net since Oct. 29 when he was pulled against the Ottawa Senators. Khabibulin has posted a .818 save percentage and 4.73 goals-against average in the three games he's played this season.

Hutton has recorded a .887 save percentage and 3.53 goals-against average in his first season with Nashville. 

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