How it happened: The Hawks got down early, giving up two opening-period goals, the first coming after Brendan Morrison was beat in the Hawks zone allowing Matt Halischuk to score from in front of the net. Then a wrist shot by Andrei Kostitsyn got by Corey Crawford for the comfortable first-intermission lead. The Predators added to it in the second on a power-play goal after Dave Bolland took a roughing penalty behind the Predators net. Crawford’s night ended early in the third when Francis Bouillon scored from the point with traffic in front of him. Shea Weber got one by Ray Emery after a clean faceoff win by Mike Fisher and Fisher later scored unassisted to complete the Predators’ scoring. The Hawks missed on power-play chances throughout the night. In fact, they had zero shots on net in four attempts, but finally did score just after a power play ended when Viktor Stalberg got a puck by Pekka Rinne with Andrew Shaw providing a screen. It’s all the offense they would generate on an overall bad night.
What it means: Maybe the Hawks were due for a loss, but to be blown out at home after several days off and with Nashville having played the night before is inexcusable. Of course, the Hawks were without Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews and Marcus Kruger, so maybe they need to find their level without other key players as they did when they were just down Toews. With zero shots on the power play until their fourth attempt, the Hawks did Rinne plenty of favors when they were up a man. Maybe it’s a game to throw out or maybe it’s a sign of some tough times to come until the walking wounded -- and suspended -- return.
Bollig’s knockout: Brandon Bollig won another fight with a vicious uppercut to the face of Jordan Tootoo, who left the game for the night.
What’s next: The Hawks take to the road for a Tuesday contest against the New Jersey Devils.