Nashville Predators vs. Blackhawks Cheat Sheet: 3.14.14

The Hawks (38-14-14) return to the United Center on Friday to take on the division rival Nashville Predators (28-28-10). The Hawks are coming off yet another loss (that makes three) to the Colorado Avalanche. It’s been a long week (seriously Chicago, sovaldi more snow?!) and I can’t think of a better way to end the week than with a dominant Chicago victory. Let’s get ready for happy hour (and some hockey!)

What You Need to Know:

Marian Hossa, <a href=viagra Source: ESPN” src=”×300.jpg” width=”300″ height=”300″ />Some people are freaking out about the Hawks falling to third place in the division and fifth in the conference. I say relax, people! The Hawks are an incredibly strong contender, and I don’t think this is the time to panic. With 16 regular season games remaining, the season certainly isn’t over yet, and the Hawks are still one of the most lethal offenses in the NHL. Though these next few games will be a test with Marian Hossa still injured- it’s time for some of our other guys to step up. (Andrew Shaw, Brian Bickell and Kris Versteeg, especially.)

This is the third meeting between the Hawks and Predators this season, with the series tied at one a piece. The Preds are finishing up a three game road trip, winning their last two games. The Hawks need to win this game to get back on track and get a few more points in the final stretch.

Who to Watch For: The Predators

  • Shea Weber, Source: USA TodayShea Weber: Super-shot Shea Weber is famous for his blistering slap shot. The 6’4” defensemen is a force to be reckoned with on the blue line. He also leads the Predators in points.
  • Craig Smith: The Center has been hot in his last two games, posting three points.

Who to Watch for: The Hawks

  • Toews and Kane, Source: Sun TimesPatrick Kane: Kaner came back from Sochi hungrier than ever. He’s scored several ABSURD goals in his last few games, reminding us he’s one of the best stick handlers in the game. He’s posted points in three straight games heading into Friday’s match-up.
  • Jonathan Toews: Captain Serious is due for a hot streak. After dismantling the Penguins in the Stadium Series, the captain is flying high. Look for a point or two from Toews.

Your Take Away Piece:

“It’s not time to panic yet. The Hawks may have faltered in the division, but we should be able to take care of the Predators. We need some of our other guys to step up and be more productive on offense. Especially guys like Shaw and Bickell- it’s time to show how deep of a team we are.”

What’s Next:

Puck drops at 7:00 PM at the United Center. You can catch the game on CSN.

About the author: Rachel Musnicki hails from the Chicago suburbs. A die-hard Chicago sports fan, she is known for her obsession with the Blackhawks. Rachel is finishing up her senior year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she is working towards a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She previously interned with Comcast SportsNet Chicago. Rachel still dreams of being an Olympian, though is starting to realize she may never make it as a beach volleyball star. One of her favorite sports memories is going to a Stanley Cup Final Game in 2010 and watching the Blackhawks defeat the Flyers. You can follow Rachel on Twitter at @RachelMusnicki

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