Nashville Predators vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 4/17/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Rinne collected two secondary assists in addition to posting his third career shutout in the playoffs.

"A lot of the good chances we had [were] right along the ice", Darling said. This was his first of the post season as the Predators built on the momentum of a game 1 win.

Game 2 is Saturday night at the United Center. "So we all know it doesn't matter if you have a lead or you're down, you've got to take it game by game". They have been replaced with smaller wingers who have nice offensive games, but are struggling to match the physical play of the Predators. Peks was phenomenal for us.

"Everyone learns to deal with it, and I think the young guys, too, are just maybe getting their feet under them and understanding that now we can be loose", Toews said.

Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford allowed five goals on 29 shots in the loss.

"(Rinne) looked all right because we didn't make it tough on him", Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said.

Since clinching the NHL's Central Division and the top spot in the Western Conference with a handful of games to spare in the regular season, the Blackhawks have not been exactly roaring into the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Nashville Predators made quite a statement in the first two games of their first-round series against the Chicago Blackhawks. Rinne has taken his share of criticism after last season from rather ill-informed members of media that doesn't follow the team as closely... but this has been a bounceback season for the Predators star. His 6'5 frame perfectly positioned between the pipes all night, turning the Hawks away 30 more times including several grade A saves on good scoring chances. "Just focus on the little things, and focus on taking things one shift at a time and not worry about trying to climb any mountain and trying to accomplish everything at once". The shell-shocked Hawks were booed off the ice after the period ended.

After Ryan Johansen was sent off for delay of game 9 seconds into the second, Rinne denied Patrick Kane and Trevor van Riemsdyk on the resulting power play. Fellow rookies Ryan Hartman and John Hayden both took turns on the line with captain Jonathan Toews and Richard Panik during Friday's practice while Schmaltz was moved to Marcus Kruger's line, which was missing Marian Hossa (rest).

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The Blackhawks are the top seed in the Western Conference.

"It looks like they're kind of playing a 1-4 in the neutral zone, which is fine", Kane said.

Boosted by a raucous, red-clad crowd of 22,075, the Blackhawks got off to a fast start.

"Well, of course, we want to play ahead, we want to start with a lead". Forsberg then threw it toward the net and Arvidsson tipped it by Crawford at 7:52.

Ryan Ellis, Harry Zolnierczyk, Colton Sissons, Ryan Johansen, and Kevin Fiala all scored goals for the Predators in the win against the Blackhawks. I picked the Blackhawks in seven and still expect this series to go the distance, and ultimately sided with Chicago because of its experience. Justin Williams scored twice in regulation, and Washington showed it could handle the adversity of falling behind.

Braden Holtby was up to the task in goal, stopping 35 of the 37 shots he faced. Braden Holtby made 48 saves before being beaten on the overtime victor. Having been shut out in consecutive playoff games for the first time since 2002.

The Chicago Blackhawks entered the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the favorites to lift Lord Stanley.

Senators 4, Bruins 3 • Dion Phaneuf scored at 1:59 of overtime and host Ottawa rallied for a victory over Boston.

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