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Scott Darling will be Chicago's starter in Game 6 on Saturday.

Darling had a bit of a rough outing in Game 5, but he still has a 1.67 GAA and .950 save percentage in the first round against Nashville. With that in mind, it's not shocking to see Chicago stick with him.
Apr 24 - 3:20 PM

Patrick Kane picked up an assist in Thursday's 5-2 loss to Nashville.

The Predators were physical with Kane in Game 5, but he appeared to emerge unscathed from the hits. He has one goal and four assists since returning from a broken clavicle.
Apr 24 - 10:53 AM

Andrew Shaw matched his series total of 16 PIMs all in one period during Thursday's 5-2 loss to Nashville.

Shaw didn't contribute much to the loss with two hits, but did lead all shooters with six shots despite his 13:37 of ice time. Shaw also picked up all of his minutes after the game was put out of reach, including a pair of roughing penalties and a 10 minute misconduct penalty. Shaw is now three penalty minutes shy of his career playoff high of 35 set in 2013.
Apr 24 - 1:05 AM

Brad Richards opened the scoring in Game Five late in the first period on Thursday night.

It was definitely one goalie Pekke Rinne would want back, but it counts just the same as Richards beat Rinne through the five-hole on a soft angle. However, Nashville would storm back to win 5-2. It was Richards' first point of the postseason and he added an assist as well to give him 34 goals and 92 points for his playoff career over 123 games.
Apr 24 - 12:57 AM

Kris Versteeg was the beneficiary of Patrick Kane's spin-o-rama pass to make it 4-2 Nashville late in the third period on Thursday night.

However it wasn't enough as the Predators would take Game Five 5-2. Regardless, it was a gorgeous individual effort by Kane and you really should find a highlight. The goal was Versteeg's first point of the postseason, and the 16th goal and 41st point of his playoff career over 77 games.
Apr 24 - 12:54 AM

Scott Darling made just 24 saves in Thursday's Game Five 5-2 loss to Nashville. Chicago still leads the series 3-2, though.

Darling was humming along nicely through the first two periods, having stopped 19 of 20 shots before allowing three goals on three shots across a 2:37 span to open the third period. To be fair, Darling wasn't sufficiently helped defensively but that's a sure-fire way to lose any playoff game regardless. His status as Game Six's starter is tenuous at best.
Apr 24 - 12:50 AM

No lineup changes are expected for Chicago heading into Game Five against Nashville on Thursday night.

Forwards Teuvo Teravainen, Joakim Nordstrom, and Daniel Carcillo will continue to be joined by defenders David Rundblad, Kyle Cumiskey, Michael Paliotta, and goalie Antti Raanta in the press box to watch their teammates try to close out the series.

The trio of Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa and Brandon Saad has been excellent against Nasvhille.

They have amassed 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in four games. Toews and Hossa are tied for the team lead with five points apiece. Chicago's top line will be a point of emphasis going into Game 5 on Thursday night.
Apr 23 - 12:21 PM

Jonathan Toews is one of the three nominees for the Selke Trophy.

The Selke Trophy goes to the NHL's best defensive forward. Toews won the award back in 2013. He's likely going to miss out on the honor this season to Patrice Bergeron, but Toews still had a great campaign. He had a plus-30 rating and won 56.5% of his faceoffs.
Apr 22 - 7:18 PM

Scott Darling will get the nod for Chicago in Game 5 on Thursday.

Darling has started in Chicago's last two games and did a great job in those contests, so the fact that they're sticking with him isn't surprising. He has a 1.05 GAA and .969 save percentage in three playoff games.
Apr 22 - 4:36 PM

Duncan Keith is logging plenty of minutes against Nashville in the opening round of the playoffs.

He saw a game-high 46:19 of ice time in Game 4, as the Blackhawks won in triple overtime. Keith collected an assist and seven shots in the match. He also had a plus-2 rating. He ranks second in the playoffs in average ice time per game (34:18) thanks in large part to the amount of overtime that's been played in the series.
Apr 22 - 10:46 AM

Brandon Saad scored for a second straight game in Tuesday's 3-2 triple overtime win over Nashville.

He forced the game into a marathon by posting the game-tying goal at the 11:03 mark of the third. Saad didn't have a point in the first two games of the series.
Apr 22 - 10:39 AM

Antoine Vermette potted his first goal of the postseason on Tuesday night.

He tied at the game at 1-1 shortly after Nashville opened the scoring in Game 4. Vermette didn't play in the first two games of the series, but he's dressed in both games for the Blackhawks back in Chicago to help his team go up 3-1 in the series.
Apr 22 - 10:34 AM

Scott Darling made 50 saves in Chicago's 3-2 triple OT win over Nashville on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning.

Darling has been nothing short of outstanding in relief of the benched Corey Crawford. In three career playoff games, Darling is 3-0 with a 1.05 goals against average. It is pretty obvious that the Blackhawks will stick with the hot hand as they now have a 3-1 stranglehold on the Predators in this series.
Apr 22 - 2:37 AM

Brent Seabrook ended an exciting night of hockey in Chicago with a goal at the 1:00 mark of the third overtime to give the Blackhawks a 3-2 win on Tuesday.

Seabrook scored on the 100th shot of the evening and mercifully ended it for the all the journalist covering the game. That being said, what an exciting game to watch as it was the first game to go to triple overtime in the NHL this year. Brandon Saad and Antoine Vermette rounded out the scoring for the Chicago Blackhawks.
Apr 22 - 2:29 AM


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