Blackhawks beat Predators, set franchise record with eighth straight road win

The Blackhawks are getting hit by the injury bug all at once, but they overcame it in Friday's 2-1 shootout win over the Islanders. Now the Predators sit 14 points behind the Blackhawks with just 18 games left to play in the season, and if the season ended today, the Blackhawks would have home-ice advantage against Nashville in the first round. Chicago has outscored the Predators 13-7 in the last three meetings. Joel Quenneville said after yesterday's game that Artem Anisimov (lower-body injury) and Nick Schmaltz (illness) "could play" tonight, and just getting one back would be a boost and help balance out the lines. It was a similar goal to Tootoo's as Toews cleaned up a loose puck in the slot and netted his sixth goal in his last seven games.

After it was announced that Scott Darling will miss the next three weeks with an upper-body injury, a source telling Insider Tracey Myers that it's his hand, Crawford might have a heavy slate coming up.

After Saturday's game, the Hawks have four days off before hosting Anaheim on March 9. The Hawks did call up Jeff Glass from the AHL, but with it being a divisional game it's highly unlikely he'll make his National Hockey League debut.

ABOUT THE ISLANDERS (30-22-10): NY scored four consecutive goals Thursday, including three in the third period, to overcome a 3-1 deficit and held on for the win as Ryan Strome (goal, two assists) registered his second three-point performance in five games. He has a team-best 26 goals and with 49 points is tied with Ryan Johansen as the team's top scorer. But the celebration wouldn't last long as the Predators cut into the lead at 12:20 when Viktor Arvidsson scored his 22 goal of the season after he split Keith and Brent Seabrook and beat Crawford in close. Josi, a defenseman, also had 16 points, including six goals with four on the power play. Patrick Kane then added an empty-got goal, his second of the night, giving him 14 in his last 13 games. Tonight could be more hard against a hot Predators team in their building. and the second of a back-to-back.

  • Julie Sanders