W2W4: Predators at Blackhawks (Game 6)


CHICAGO -- Here is what to watch for when the Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators play in Game 6 of their Western Conference first-round series at the United Center on Saturday:

• The Blackhawks lead the series 3-2. The Predators pulled within a game of the Blackhawks with a 5-2 win in Game 5 on Thursday. Predators rookie forward Filip Forsberg had a hat trick in the win. The Predators outscored the Blackhawks, 4-1, in the third period. The Predators have outscored the Blackhawks, 7-2, in the third period in the series.

• The Predators have scored five power-play goals on 19 opportunities for a 26.3 percentage in the series. Predators forward Colin Wilson has scored four of those power-play goals. He had three power-play goals in the regular season. The Blackhawks are 2-of-17 on the power play for an 11.8 percentage.

• Predators defenseman Shea Weber has been ruled out of the remainder of the series with a lower-body injury. He hasn’t played since Game 2.

• Wilson has a series-high five goals. Wilson, Predators forward Craig Smith and Blackhawks forwards Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa and Jonathan Toews each have a series-high five points.

• Blackhawks rookie goaltender Scott Darling will start his fourth consecutive game. He has stopped 151-of-159 shots for a .950 save percentage in the series. He allowed four goals on 28 shots in Game 5.

• Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne will start his sixth consecutive game. He has made 161 shots on 176 shots for a .915 save percentage. He has stopped 73-of-78 shots the last two games.

• The Blackhawks’ lines are expected to be Brandon Saad – Toews – Hossa, Kris VersteegBrad Richards – Kane, Bryan BickellAntoine VermettePatrick Sharp, Andrew DesjardinsMarcus KrugerAndrew Shaw.

Their defenseman pairings are expected to be Duncan KeithMichal Rozsival, Johnny OduyaNiklas Hjalmarsson, Kimmo TimonenBrent Seabrook.

• The Predators’ lines are expected to be Forsberg – Ribeiro – Smith, Wilson – Mike FisherJames Neal, Matt CullenCalle JarnkrokMike Santorelli, Taylor BeckPaul GaustadViktor Stalberg.

Their defenseman pairings are expected to be Roman JosiSeth Jones, Mattias EkholmRyan Ellis, Victor Bartley - Cody Franson.