Colin Wilson of the Nashville Predators and Marty Turco of the Chicago Blackhawks watch as defenseman Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks catches the puck at the Bridgestone Arena on November 13 2010 in Nashville Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Chicago Blackhawks Vs. Nashville Predators: A Come-From-Ahead Loss

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ANALYSIS: Blackhawks Looking For Winning Combination

The Blackhawks have played 19 games — more than anyone else at this stage of the NHL season. And you can no longer think of it as “early” — the 19 games are nearly a quarter of the season, and the Hawks are ninth in the Western Conference with 18 points, six behind the Los Angeles Kings, who have played four fewer games.

Coach Joel Quenneville has tried switching lines, swapping defenseman for forwards, moving left wings to right and vice versa — nothing appears to be working. A larger issue may be that different problems come up in different games. Recently against Edmonton, goalies Marty Turco and Corey Crawford got pounded for seven goals. Then when they do a better job of stopping the puck, the Blackhawks can’t score — before last night they’d scored only one goal in each of their previous two games. Last night they took a 3-2 lead and failed to convert on multiple power play opportunities, including a two-man advantage for 1:22 during the third period, that could have put the game away.

They’ve been better on the road than at home. Perhaps the upcoming six-game “circus trip” will get them back on track.


Blackhawks Blow Third-Period Lead, Lose 4-3 To Predators In Shootout

Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Cal O'Reilly scored the lone goal of the shootout, as the Nashville Predators took down the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-3, at Bridgestone Arena.

Shea Weber, Shane O'Brien, and Cody Franson scored in regulation for the Predators, who have won two in a row since a five-game skid. Pekka Rinne made 30 saves.

"It's very hard in this league when you're down. We haven't had the lead a whole lot," Nashville head coach Barry Trotz said. "I think we're better with the lead because we check fairly well. When you're chasing the game, trying to get it tied up, it's pretty taxing on your team mentally, but you talk about defining a backbone and finding ways to win - that's what those moments are."

Jack Skille had two goals for the Blackhawks, who have lost three straight and five of six overall. Marty Turco turned aside 30-of-33 shots in the setback.

O'Reilly's wrister past Turco gave Nashville a one-goal edge after one round, then Chicago's Patrick Kane was stopped on a backhander and Steve Sullivan failed for the Predators. Patrick Sharp didn't even get the final chance on net, missing wide to end the contest.

Skille's wrister from the slot with 53 seconds left in the first period gave Chicago a 1-0 lead.

O'Brien lit the lamp at the 2:37 mark of the second to make it a 1-1 game before Weber's slapper on the power play less than three minutes later gave Nashville a 2-1 margin.

The Blackhawks scored twice before the end of the stanza to take the lead back. Viktor Stalberg's snap shot from the left circle made it 2-2 at the 6:51 mark.

At the 9:10 mark, Skille took a cross-ice pass from Jake Dowell and fired a shot past Rinne for a 3-2 edge.

Franson deadlocked the tilt at the 10:23 mark of the third when his blistering shot from the right point got past Turco for a 3-3 game.

Turco made five saves and Rinne made two in a scoreless overtime.

The Predators recorded a 3-2 win in Chicago to kick off the season series back on October 13. The Blackhawks still have six wins in the last 10 meetings between the clubs and Chicago has taken three of the last five encounters in the Music City....Blackhawks center Dave Bolland returned to the lineup after missing the last six games with a rib injury.


Chicago Blackhawks Vs. Nashville Predators: A Visit To A Playoff Foe

The Blackhawks visit Nashville tonight to see if they can get some of last year's playoff mojo back by visiting their first-round opponent. The Hawks lost to the Predators at the United Center exactly a month ago, on October 13, so they'll be looking for some revenge and also a win over a divisional opponent they currently lead by only two points.

The Hawks have scored only two goals in their last two games; the lack of offense has been a problem all season, but lately, goaltending has also been an issue. The 53 goals the Blackhawks have allowed is third-most in the Western Conference, although that may be a bit misleading because the Hawks have played the most games (18) of anyone in the West.

Dave Bolland's presence on the ice tonight, his first game since being activated from injured reserve, will be a welcome sight. They've missed the center's play and perhaps he can jump-start some scoring.

The game begins at 7 p.m. CST and will be televised on CSN Chicago.

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