Nashville (19-19-3) at Chicago (22-10-7), 7:00 pm EST
CHICAGO (Ticker) — Rookie Pekka Rinne has returned the
Nashville Predators to their winning ways.
Rinne and the Predators aim for their third consecutive win
Sunday as they visit the Chicago Blackhawks in the second game
of a home-and-home series between Central Division rivals.
After making 22 saves during a 5-3 victory over the Pittsburgh
Penguins on Thursday that ended Nashville’s five-game losing
streak, Rinne turned aside 34 shots in Saturday’s 4-1 triumph
over the Blackhawks.
David Legwand netted a pair of goals and All-Star defenseman
Shea Weber and Radek Bonk also scored for the Predators, who
have beaten Chicago in their two meetings this season.
With the fourth-best record in the Western Conference, the
Blackhawks are enjoying an excellent season but have struggled
against their division foes. Chicago has posted a 2-3-5 mark
against Central opponents.
The Blackhawks will have a tough time against Rinne, who is
9-5-0 with three shutouts on the season.
Chicago, which has managed just two goals over the last two
contests, will try to avoid its first three-game losing streak
since November 26-29.