The Blackhawks won Game 1 in double-overtime and gained home-ice advantage for the series. The Predators took a 3-0 lead in the first period, and the Blackhawks answered with three goals in the second period. Duncan Keith scored the winner.
Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford was pulled from Game 1 after allowing three goals on 12 shots. Scott Darling replaced him and stopped all 42 shots he faced. Crawford will start Game 2. Pekka Rinne will start for the Predators.
The Predators are on a seven-game losing streak. They dropped their last six regular-season games and have been outscored 12-1 in the second period during the streak.
The Blackhawks are 9-11 on the road in the playoffs the past three seasons.
Predators center Mike Fisher is not expected to play in Game 2 due to a lower-body injury. He left Game 1 because of the injury.
The Predators’ lines are expected to be Filip Forsberg – Mike Ribeiro – Craig Smith; Colin Wilson – Matt Cullen – James Neal; Mike Santorelli – Calle Jarnkrok – Viktor Stalberg; and Gabriel Bourque – Paul Gaustad – Taylor Beck.
The Blackhawks’ lines are expected to be Brandon Saad – Jonathan Toews – Marian Hossa; Kris Versteeg – Brad Richards – Patrick Kane; Bryan Bickell – Andrew Shaw – Patrick Sharp; and Joakim Nordstrom – Marcus Kruger – Teuvo Teravainen.
There were 12 penalties called in Game 1. The Blackhawks scored two power-play goals, and the Predators scored one. The Predators won 54 of 88 faceoffs. Gaustad won 20-of-27.