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Tuesday, December 17th (All times Eastern)

Chicago Blackhawks (24-7-5) at Nashville Predators (16-14-3), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - After snapping the winning streak of one red-hot team over the weekend, the Chicago Blackhawks look to deny the Nashville Predators a season-high fourth straight victory when the two clubs clash in the Music City on Tuesday night.

The Blackhawks have won four of their last five games and halted Los Angeles' six-game winning streak on Sunday with a 3-1 victory over the visiting Kings. Chicago got all three of its goals in the first period and saw rookie netminder Antti Raanta make 21 saves in a bounce-back effort.

Raanta allowed five goals in just two periods of work the previous night in a 7-3 loss to Toronto, but came 3:54 short of his first career shutout while improving to 6-1-1 with a 2.41 goals against average in nine games (7 starts).

Marian Hossa scored shorthanded, Kris Versteeg at even strength and Patrick Sharp on the power play for the Blackhawks, while Jonathan Toews had two assists and Patrick Kane one.

"We knew what we had to do tonight in order to really get ourselves off on the right foot," said Versteeg. "The other night we took some penalties right at the start of the game and got ourselves behind and didn't play with the assertiveness we needed. Tonight we did that from the first puck battle."

Kane has logged four goals and 13 assists over a nine-game point streak, though Sunday marked the first time in five games he did not finish with multiple points.

Chicago could get forward Bryan Bickell back in the lineup tonight after activating him from injured reserve on Monday. Bickell has been out since suffering a left leg injury on Nov. 19 and has logged five goals and six points in 22 games this season.

Nashville comes in aiming to win four in a row for the first time since Jan. 31-Feb. 7 of last season and recorded its second three-game win streak of the season with Saturday's 3-2 win over San Jose.

Carter Hutton was strong with 36 saves and has been in net for each game of the Predators' current win streak. He has stopped 97-of-101 shots in that span, with the rookie getting named the NHL's Third Star for the week on Monday.

Eric Nystrom, Roman Josi and Viktor Stalberg scored and had an assist for the Predators, whose winning streak comes on the heels of five losses in a row.

"We battled hard and were able to keep them away from us. It was a big win for us. We will enjoy this one tonight and try to move forward," said Stalberg.

The Preds wrap a three-game homestand tonight looking for a second victory in as many games versus the Blackhawks this season. Nashville had lost six straight to Chicago before winning the first of five meetings this campaign 7-2 at home on Nov. 16.

That loss snapped Chicago's three-game win streak in Nashville.

12/17 10:47:42 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 1
DUR 2
 
Final
WAS 3
STL 4
Final
CLE 0
TOR 5
Final
DET 5
ANA 2
Final
BOS 4
BAL 2
Final
KAN 5
MIN 4
Final
CHC 8
CIN 4
Final
OAK 4
HOU 3
Final
PIT 7
MIL 8
Final
NYM 5
ATL 7
Final
TAM 16
NYY 1
Final
MIA 7
SEA 0
Final
TEX 6
CWS 3
Final
LOS 8
ARI 6
Final
COL 3
PHI 1
Final
SDP 3
SFG 1
Final
TOR 87
BRK 94
Final
LAC 105
GSW 109
Final
IND 93
ATL 101
4th
OKC 71
MEM 67
 
Final
STL 4
CHI 3
Final
PIT 3
CLB 4
3rd
COL 3
MIN 1
 
Final
NOR 1
DUR 2