Nashville Predators continue shutout streak, blank Chicago 5-0

While the Predators have outscored the Hawks 6-0, the Hawks have outshot the Predators in each game. It's no way to beat a team with the multi-level firepower the Blackhawks have, no way to erase any deficit that will inevitably soon exist.

Oduya isn't the only player that is struggling with ineffective play.

The Blackhawks also had the most road wins of any team in the NHL's Western Conference this year, and they have the experience of taking their opponent's home ice away from them by quieting the crowd early in games.

The Predators' collapsing style of play in their defensive zone has worked so far in the series, but playing such a style does carry risks.

The Predators slowly began to take over the game however, converting on four rush chances of their own to build a 5-0 lead. Only two Western Conference teams had a better goal differential.

The eighth-seeded Predators rode the stellar goaltending of Pekka Rinne to steal home-ice advantage with a 1-0 victory Thursday night, but there was no sense of panic in Chicago's locker room. That gives the Blackhawks the edge. After their crap first period, they showed up in the second dominating Nashville.

James Neal had a whopping seven of those while Austin Watson, who has had one heck of a season for Nashville, lead all forwards with eight hits. Add in P.K. Subban, who brings an element different from that of former Predators captain and Blackhawks foe Shea Weber, as well Yannick Weber and the underrated Matt Irwin and there's a group of six solid defenders that can shut down Chicago's attack like never before.

Furthermore, it would not surprise me to see more aggression from the Hawks' defense with regards to stepping up in the play.

It's the type of effort from your goaltender that can win you a series, and maybe more.

Braden Holtby was up to the task in goal, stopping 35 of the 37 shots he faced.

The Montreal Canadiens have seized a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven series with the New York Rangers, thanks in no small part to the scoring exploits of Alexander Radulov. Crawford boasts a 48-34 career playoff record with a 2.25 GAA and.920 save percentage. At 5-on-5, Crawford won the battle, but his.930 SP was faintly better that the.929 SP Rinne posted.

59 Chicago shots, 59 Rinne saves. In Game 2, the Hawks were outplayed and outworked by a more aggressive Nashville team.

They've gone 156 minutes, 40 seconds without a goal in playoff play, dating back to Game 7 in St. Louis last spring. Nashville has been out-chancing Chicago and finishing when it matters. Seeing Viktor Arvidsson just grin at Duncan Keith after getting punched in the face was glorious, as was Craig Smith laughing at Ryan Hartman's sucker punch upon returning to the bench. But it's not just the main threats who are providing.

The Ugly - Hard to find ugly in last night's game, at least on the Predator's side...

Ryan Ellis, Harry Zolnierczyk, Colton Sissons, Ryan Johansen and Kevin Fiala each scored for the Predators. "They have proven time in and time out that they're a championship team for a reason".

And if Nashville keeps it up, the third time stands to be the charm when it comes to first-round meetings with Chicago. Not too many positives came out of tonight's game.

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