The Chicago Blackhawks are using a really dumb slogan

The Chicago Blackhawks are using a really dumb slogan

The Chicago Blackhawks are using a really dumb slogan

In winning the first two games against the Chicago Blackhawks - on the road, no less - Nashville has played with desire and determination at both ends.

"We did a really good job messing up their systems", Rinne said, "and didn't give them too much flow".

Even still, it appeared the difference-maker could be the same as it has been for the past several seasons no matter who the Blackhawks were playing. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed a combined 20 goals during their current six-game losing streak.

The Nashville Predators made quite a statement in the first two games of their first-round series against the Chicago Blackhawks.

From the Blackhawks, I would expect to see more urgency in their game.

Chicago will try new combinations for a second straight game. Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane finished the regular season tied for second in the National Hockey League with 89 points, yet hasn't registered a single point in two games this postseason.

The third period sealed the Blackhawks' fate as the Predators continued their scoring affair to the likes of two more goals.

The scoring started early and often in the first period with Predators' Ryan Ellis tallying the first goal of the game at the 3:44 minute mark. And now, across the seven times the two teams have met this campaign, there's not a single major advanced statistical category in which the Blackhawks have the edge. Ryan Johansen had a big night, and Nashville got a lift from a couple of unlikely scorers. The Predators have shut this down. Viktor Arvidsson continued his sterling play, potting the first goal in the series to send Nashville into the intermission with the lead. The Predators seemed to smother the Blackhawks in the neutral zone, giving even the slipperiest of skaters such as Kane less than a half-stride to work with at times.

The Ottawa Senators trumped the Boston Bruins 4-3 in overtime, while the Calgary Flames lost 3-2 to the Anaheim Ducks in game two.

Let's not blame this 0-2 deficit completely on the Hawks' play, Nashville's Pekka Rinne has been phenomenal. Some may have given the pre-series edge in goal to the Blackhawks. They exposed Chicago's defense and chased Corey Crawford from the series.

Based on Friday's practice, it appeared Hartman may join Toews and Panik for Game 2.

Darling finished the regular season 18-5-5 with a 2.33 goals against average and a.924 save percentage. At 5-on-5, Crawford won the battle, but his.930 SP was faintly better that the.929 SP Rinne posted. That's part of the game. The few times they managed to get open, Rinne was there.

Trying to squeeze the life out of the Blackhawks and hang onto the smallest advantage is a way to steal a game but not a series. Nashville has been out-chancing Chicago and finishing when it matters.

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates his goal with center Nicklas Backstrom (19) and right wing T.J. Oshie (77) against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period in Game 2 of an NHL Stanley Cup first. But it's not just the main threats who are providing. Johnny Oduya's game has been beset by mistakes and slow skating ever since he returned to the lineup, and whether that's a product of age or lingering injury is irrelevant, as he clearly isn't the same guy as he was in the 2014-15 season.

One would be remiss to write the Blackhawks off yet.