Blackhawks Game 3 Notes For Monday @ Nashville

Blackhawks Game 3 Notes For Monday @ Nashville

Blackhawks Game 3 Notes For Monday @ Nashville

The scene shifts to Nashville for Game 3 on Monday night.

The Predators are the fifth team in National Hockey League history to start a postseason with back-to-back road shutouts, the first since Toronto in 2001, according to Elias Sports.

Although the Blackhawks' outshot the Predators by a narrow margin of 30-29, the Predators' speed and physicality prevailed. To hear the Hawks, Rinne found a four-leaf clover en route to Chicago, stuck it under his goalie pads, and used the luck to stop shots that never challenged him. But if the Preds are going to make good on all that preseason optimism, they're going to need Johansen to be the force they imagined he could be when they made the deal. The shell-shocked Hawks were booed off the ice after the period ended. The loss hasn't been as noticeable during the regular season where the game is a little looser, but in the playoffs, where play is tighter and more physical, the lack of size and strength is rearing its ugly head.

Any team can go back-to-back games without scoring a goal, but the timing of this scoring drought for the Blackhawks could obviously not be worse.

But let's not count the Blackhawks out just yet; three Cups in seven years is no mean feat.

The Blackhawks have seen it all and done it all. This series is far from over but, with a win tonight, the Predators can inch closer.

- Shot blocking was excellent as well last night. "We're getting a lot of shots from the outside, but it doesn't seem like there's enough traffic or second efforts".

That's not to say that the Blackhawks didn't have their chances.

Game 3: Penguins at Blue Jackets, 6 p.m. ET, CNBC (Penguins lead 2-0) - Minus suspended Matt Calvert, the Blue Jackets return to Columbus pressing to avoid a 3-0 series deficit. For how many straight periods can he blank the Blackhawks?

But when the Predators didn't have the puck, they just forced it back onto their sticks - out-hitting Chicago 48 to 31. A fantastic defense corp, most of all.

Chicago controlled much of the last two periods, but Nashville blocked several shots from the perimeter and stymied the Blackhawks when they tried to find a better chance. Additionally, an extra option or two on the rush should help the Blackhawks overcome the neutral zone disruption employed by their opponents.

The Predators are singing a sweet tune on their way home to Music City, threatening to play the Chicago right out of the postseason.

It was the only goal of a first period that the unintimidated Predators decidedly controlled, pushing the Blackhawks to the outside and holding them to one shot on goal for a almost 14-minute span.

The biggest question is whether luck will continue to remain on Nashville's side. During the regular season, Toews was most effective playing with them.

"We knew it was going to be a long series", Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane told the Chicago Sun-Times.

"We should feel comfortable and confident right now", Rinne said. Keep doing what you're doing.

The Nashville Predators jumped in front of shots and got in the passing lanes for most of the night. "We got the result we wanted, but we have a lot of work yet to do". The anticipation soon turned to dread when Nashville defenseman Ryan Ellis scored just 3 minutes and 44 into the clash.

"Obviously, we're down 2-0, but we've still got to take it game by game", Rasmussen said before Monday night's Game 3 in Nashville.

The puck drops at 8:30ct at Bridgestone Arena.

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