Chicago Blackhawks Vs. Nashville Predators: Hawks Win Third Straight

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BLACKHAWKS ANALYSIS: Jack Skille And Bryan Bickell Pick Up The Slack

With Marian Hossa, Viktor Stalberg and Patrick Kane all out with various injuries, it has been up to some of the “new crew”, as they term themselves, to help the Blackhawks win.

Last night at the United Center, they did just that. Jack Skille scored two goals, one on a power play, and Bryan Bickell had one — extending his points streak to five games — as the Blackhawks beat the Nashville Predators for the first time this season, 4-1.

Let’s not forget the contributions of goalie Corey Crawford, who made 24 saves in helping lead the Hawks to their third straight win.

This is the kind of thing the Blackhawks are going to need over an extended period, regardless of when the injured players come back. This is valuable time for the “new crew” to prove themselves.

For the Hawks, this is a well-deserved holiday weekend off; they’ll need it to be at full strength, and also for the three-game win streak. They will host the Columbus Blue Jackets at the United Center on Sunday night.

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Jack Skille Scores Twice, Dave Bolland Once In 4-1 Blackhawks Win

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Jack Skille scored twice to help the Chicago Blackhawks take a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators at Untied Center.

Dave Bolland had a goal and an assist while Bryan Bickell tallied the other goal for the Blackhawks, who have won three straight. Duncan Keith had two assists in the win while Corey Crawford made 24 saves.

Sergei Kostitsyn notched the lone goal and Anders Lindback was charged with all four goals on 35 shots for the Predators, who have dropped their past two after winning five straight.

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Chicago Blackhawks Vs. Nashville Predators: Viktor Stalberg Still Out

The Blackhawks have won six of their last eight home games, reversing a trend from earlier this season, but they'll have their hands full tonight with the Nashville Predators, who have won both meetings between the two teams so far this year -- on Oct. 13, Joel Ward scored a power-play goal with 26.7 seconds left in the third period as the Predators won 3-2 at the United Center, and on Nov. 13 Cal O'Reilly scored the only goal of a shootout for a 4-3 win in Nashville.

The Hawks are still suffering from injuries -- after today's morning skate coach Joel Quenneville said Viktor Stalberg won't play tonight; the team is hoping the break over the Christmas holiday will have him ready to go next week. The same is the case for the injured Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane. Kane skated solo and Hossa with the team this morning, but neither will be ready to go until next week.

Corey Crawford, whose 10-6-1 record includes solid efforts in victories in his last two games, gets the start in goal tonight.

Tonight's game begins at 7:30 p.m. CST and will be televised on CSN Chicago.

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