Season 4 goes awry in Chicago, and in the winter term, longtime team leader Kane quits the team. At the end of last month, the “Indians” had a good run, leaving last place in the West, but now they are losing games again. One-off promotions happen, such as against Ottawa and Boston, but the overall picture is that Luke Richardson’s side have lost 7 of their last 9 games and most of them (6) in regular time.
The Predators have a good chance of a full-fledged fight for promotion to the top eight, because they are only 4 points and 3 games away from Winnipeg. After successful home runs in Los Angeles and Anaheim, John Hines’ team carried the positive theme to their Bridgestone Arena, where they defeated Detroit (2-1) in an amateur match. Chicago is a “convenient client” for Nashville, having once again left an opponent with nothing in the previous 4 head-to-head.
The ambitions of the hosts must play their part in this match. Nashville is fully operational, playing at home and should be set to fight for the playoffs. Chicago has clearly given up again after a good streak, losing quite a lot and most recently, earlier this month, they lost at home to the “Predators” 3-1, which was the 4th pocket in a row in regular time in personal meetings.