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Rinne, Predators look to complete home-and-home sweep

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.


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