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Predators and Blackhawks: Swedish Youngsters


Forwards Filip Forsberg and Calle Jarnkrok will help lead the Nashville Predators attack tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Forsberg re-joined his fellow Swedish countrymen and linemate with the Milwaukee Admirals, Calle Jarnkrok, when he was recalled by the Predators earlier this morning.

Both acquired by trade over the last couple seasons, Forsberg and Jarnkrok represent Nashville’s brightest offensive stars under the age of 23. And for the first time, the Predators (30-31-10) will have both of them in action together at the NHL level against the Blackhawks (41-15-15) tonight.

Nashville is 2-1 against the defending champions this season, including a 3-2 win in the teams’ most recent meeting March 14th.

Three questions for tonight’s game:

  • Lessons learned: Forsberg began this season with the Predators, but was sent down to the Admirals after looking a step behind on the defensive side of the puck. Head coach Barry Trotz told the Tennessean earlier today that he believes in the Swedish forward’s talent and knows he has to be patient with him in his development. Will Forsberg’s game look more polished tonight then it did in October?
  • Rinne to remain: As in most upset wins by Nashville, goaltender Pekka Rinne was a key piece in the Predators victory over the Blackhawks a week and a half ago. Recently though, Rinne has struggled. The Finnish netminder was pulled in both of his starts last week. Will he be able to shut down the Blackhawks mighty offense again and return to form?
  • Blackhawks back on track: When the Predators took down Chicago earlier this month, it was the Blackhawks second-straight regulation loss, a relatively rare occurrence for one of the NHL’s top teams. Since the loss to Nashville, however, the Blackhawks have points in their last four games (including a 4-0 win over the St. Louis Blues). Does the Blackhawks offense lead them to victory this time over the Predators?

The puck drops at 6:00 p.m. (CST) at the United Center tonight.

 

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