Patrick Sharp and Dave Bolland are out tonight and Ray Emery gets the second consecutive start when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Nashville Predators tonight at the United Center.
Sharp is close to returning from a left-shoulder injury, and coach Joel Quenneville said Sharp could travel to Minnesota with the team tomorrow. Bolland, who’s out with a lower-body injury, is more questionable for taking that trip. Quenneville said he doesn’t believe Bolland’s injury is serious.
Meanwhile, Emery will get his second consecutive start today, somewhat of a reward for his 20-stop, 1-0 shutout of the Predators on Saturday afternoon.
“He’s coming off a rock-solid win and deserves consideration to get right back in there,” Quenneville said.
The Blackhawks and Predators are meeting for the third time in just under a week. The Blackhawks have won the first three matchups this season, including two shutouts in Nashville (Corey Crawford notched a 3-0 victory in February, and Emery yesterday).
The Predators have gone 1-3-2 in their last six games. Mike Fisher (hand) did not make the trip to Chicago, according to the Tennessean. Austin Watson was an emergency call-up from Milwaukee today.
Pekka Rinne is expected to start tonight against the Blackhawks.