Nashville Predators


By this point in an NHL season, a lot of eyes are looking ahead to the trade deadline and on to the playoffs.


Ben Smith is pretty cognizant of the Central Division standings and where the Blackhawks fall among them. This time of year, he’s that much more aware.


ST. PAUL, Minn. – Corey Crawford will start and the Blackhawks’ lineup should be the same when they face the Minnesota Wild Tuesday night at Xcel Energy Center.


The mood was fairly jovial on Wednesday night, a few minutes after the Blackhawks took a 3-2 shootout victory from the Pittsburgh Penguins.


Antti Raanta’s last United Center start was a strong one, a 31-stop shutout against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Dec. 21.