Coming off an exciting triple-overtime victory in Game 4, the Blackhawks have a chance to bury the Nashville Predators for good tonight in Game 5. Here’s a few gameday notes:
– Nashville has been depleated throughout the series with injuries to Shea Weber and Mike Fisher. Early reports from Chicago media at morning skate have indicated that the Preds top D-man will not be in the lineup yet again tonight.
– Joel Quenneville has finally found a lineup that he is fairly comfortable with. It would be nice to see Teuvo Teravainen in the mix, but Hawks fans have to be satisfied with the play of Andrew Dejardins lately. Antoine Vermette finally notched his first goal while wearing the Indian Head, so hopefully that will give him a boost of confidence going forward.
– Scott Darling will start in net again tonight, not surprisingly. His postseason performance has been stellar so far. You can’t help but love the guy and his feel good story, but Quenneville will have to make a tough hockey decision when choosing his net-minder for the second round.
– Both teams played an exhausting, 5+ period game on Tuesday night in Chicago. Both teams will be tired, but momentum is on the side of the Blackhawks. The Predators will have to dig deep and play a complete game if they want to extend their season tonight.
– Puck drops a little after 8:30PM Central Time. It’s do-or-die for Nashville, so expect them to come out swinging. Chicago will need to play a sound defensive game to close this thing out tonight. Let’s go Hawks!