Blackhawks Game Notes For Friday @ Nashville
* The Blackhawks fell to the Blues, 5-2, in their home opener on Wednesday. It was their second straight loss in a home opener, after winning four in a row before that. Chicago was eliminated by St. Louis in seven games in last season’s playoffs.
* The Predators made the playoffs for the second straight season last year, defeating the Pacific Division champion Ducks in seven games before falling to the eventual Western Conference champion Sharks in seven games in the conference semifinal. Their seven total playoff wins were the most in franchise history.
* The Blackhawks won the season series, 3-2, last year, and in most of the games it was a race to two goals – the losing team in four of the five games finished with just one goal. Neither team had much success on the man advantage, with Chicago going 1-for-13 and Nashville going 2-for-12.
* Ryan Hartman scored his first career goal for the Blackhawks on Wednesday. In doing so, he became the first South Carolina-born player to ever score in the NHL. Chicago’s 2013 first-round pick had played eight NHL games entering the season.
* P.K. Subban will be making his Nashville debut after coming over from the Canadiens in an offseason trade. Subban has 278 career points, which would rank third among Predators defensemen all-time. The only ones with more than that in a Nashville uniform are Kimmo Timonen (301), and the player he was traded for, Shea Weber (443).
* With Stanley Cup championships in 2009-10, 2012-13, and 2014-15, the Blackhawks will be looking to add their fourth title in recent memory this year. If they’re able to do so, they would become the first team to win four Cups in eight or fewer seasons since the Edmonton Oilers won four in six years between 1984-85 and 1989-90