Blackhawks draw Predators in first round of Stanley Cup Playoffs

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LOS ANGELES – The Blackhawks will begin their ninth consecutive run at the Stanley Cup by hosting the Nashville Predators in a best-of-seven series.

This will be the Hawks third postseason matchup with Preds.

The last two times they met in the first round, the Blackhawks went on to win the Stanley Cup.

This season, Nashville won the first meeting of the year, but the Hawks rattled off the next four.

The full playoff schedule will be announced on Sunday.