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Predators hope to keep rolling against struggling Blackhawks

Jan 26, 2007 - 2:37 PM
Nashville (34-12-3) at Chicago (17-24-7) 8:30 pm EST

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- The Nashville Predators capped the first half of the season as the NHL's hottest team. They hope the six-day layoff has not cooled them down.

Owners of the league's best record, the Predators look to start the season's second half on a winning note Friday when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks in a Central Division clash.

Nashville closed the first half with eight wins in its last nine games and owns a six-point cushion over second-place Detroit (30-14-5) in the division standings. The Predators are one point ahead over Eastern Conference powerhouse Buffalo (33-12-4) for the top mark in the NHL.

Surprisingly, Nashville had only one representative in Wednesday's All-Star Game, defenseman Kimmo Timonen. The Finnish blue-liner, who has nine tallies and 26 assists this season, went scoreless in the midseason showcase.

While the Predators were flying high heading into the All-Star break, the Blackhawks stumbled to a season-high nine-game skid. Chicago has been outscored, 40-19, over the slide.

The Predators and Blackhawks have split their six contests this season but Nashville has won the last three meetings, including a 6-3 home victory on Saturday - the last game prior to the break for both clubs.








  • ------------------------------------
    Nashville
    0 1 2 --3
    Chicago 0 1 0 --1
    ------------------------------------

    FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: None. Penalties: J Arnott, Nas (interference), 4:24.

    SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Nashville, Kevin Klein 1 (Steve Sullivan,
    Jason Arnott), 5:40. 2, Chicago, Brent Seabrook 4 (Martin Havlat,
    Tuomo Ruutu), 15:07. Penalties: A Radulo

    Jan 26 11:07 PM


  • ------------------------------------
    Nashville
    0 1 2 --3
    Chicago 0 1 0 --1
    ------------------------------------

    FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: None. Penalties: J Arnott, Nas (interference), 4:24.

    SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Nashville, Kevin Klein 1 (Steve Sullivan,
    Jason Arnott), 5:40. 2, Chicago, Brent Seabrook 4 (Martin Havlat,
    Tuomo Ruutu), 15:07. Penalties: A Radulo

    Predators vs. BlackhawksJan 26 11:07 PM


  • NHL
    NASHVILLE 2
    CHICAGO 1 2:00 LEFT, 3RD PRD

    Predators vs. BlackhawksJan 26 10:47 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NASHVILLE 0 1 1
    CHICAGO 0 1 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: NAS - KEVIN KLEIN 1 (STEVE SULLIVAN, JASON ARNOTT) 5:40
    CHI - BRENT SEABROOK 4 (MARTIN HAVLAT, TUOMO RUUTU) 15:07
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NAS 10

    Jan 26 10:01 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NASHVILLE 0 1 1
    CHICAGO 0 1 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: NAS - KEVIN KLEIN 1 (STEVE SULLIVAN, JASON ARNOTT) 5:40
    CHI - BRENT SEABROOK 4 (MARTIN HAVLAT, TUOMO RUUTU) 15:07
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NAS 10

    Predators vs. BlackhawksJan 26 10:01 PM


  • NHL
    NASHVILLE 1
    CHICAGO 0 11:22 LEFT, 2ND PRD

    Predators vs. BlackhawksJan 26 9:39 PM


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    Nashville
    0 --0
    Chicago 0 --0
    ------------------------

    FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: None. Penalties: J Arnott, Nas (interference), 4:24.

    Shots on goal:
    -----------------------------
    Nashville 10 --10
    Chicago 13 --13
    -----------------------------

    Goalies : Nashville, Tomas Vokoun (13 shots, 13 saves). Chicago,
    Nikolai Khabibulin (10

    Jan 26 9:09 PM