The Blackhawks lead the series 2-1 and hold home-ice advantage. The Blackhawks won Games 1 and 3. They scored three goals in the second period to lift them to victory in Game 3. The Blackhawks have outscored the Predators 7-2 in the series' second periods, and the Predators have outscored the Blackhawks 6-2 in the first periods.
The Predators will be without defenseman Shea Weber for a second consecutive game because of a lower-body injury. The Predators’ top defenseman pairing of Roman Josi and Seth Jones were each a minus-3 in Game 3.
Blackhawks goaltender Scott Darling will start a second consecutive game. He made 35 saves on 37 shots in Game 3. He has stopped 77-of-79 shots in the series.
Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews has a team-high five points, including two goals and three assists, in the series. His line, which includes Marian Hossa and Brandon Saad, contributed to all four of the Blackhawks’ goals in Game 3.
The Blackhawks are expected to remain with the same lineup as Game 3. Their lines are expected to be Saad – Toews – Hossa, Kris Versteeg – Brad Richards – Patrick Kane, Bryan Bickell – Antoine Vermette – Patrick Sharp, Andrew Desjardins – Marcus Kruger – Andrew Shaw.
The Predators’ lines are expected to be Filip Forsberg – Mike Ribeiro – Smith, Colin Wilson – Matt Cullen – James Neal, Mike Santorelli – Calle Jarnkrok – Viktor Stalberg and Gabriel Bourque – Paul Gaustad – Taylor Beck.
Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne will start his fourth consecutive game of the series. He has a 2.91 goals-against average and .898 save percentage after three games.