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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.
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 Versteeg – Brad Richards – Kane, Bryan Bickell – Antoine Vermette – Patrick Sharp, Andrew Desjardins – Marcus Kruger – Andrew Shaw.
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.