Conference III Championship Belt Tale Of The Tape: Chicago at Nashville, 17 December 2013

by J.R.

Tonight, the Chicago Blackhawks return to Bridgestone Arena to try and regain the Conference III Championship Belt at the place they lost it. The Nashville Predators try to continue their record belt run.

Let’s see how they stack up:

The Challenger!

The Challenger: Chicago!

The Champion: Nashville!

The Champion: Nashville!

The Belt!

The Belt!

The Tale of The Tape:

Chicago Blackhawks Nashville Predators
24-7-5 Record 16-14-3
6-3-1 Last 10 5-4-1
Joel “The Thrill” Quenneville Coach Barry “No Neck No Mercy” Trotz
135 Goals For 77
101 Goals Against 92
Patrick “Mr Patty Kane” Kane (45) Points Leader David “The Original” Legwand (22)
Kane (19) Goals Leader Patric “Clean Face” Hornqvist, Mike “The Chin” Fisher and Shea “Captain Fear” Weber (7)
Antti “A GuyFaantastic” Raanta Goaltender Carter “The Adventure” Hutton
Bryan “Bingo” Bickell and Michal “Big Rozie” Rozsival Threero Richard “Dicky” Clune
Ben “Buzzfeed” Smith Rookie To Watch Seth “The 28th Amendment” Jones
6’1″ Average Height 6’1″
201 Average Weight 203
1 Title Belts Won 2
1-3 as Challenger, 3-1 as Champion Record In Belt Matches 1-1 as Champion, 2-1 as Challenger

Nashville won The Conference III Championship Belt by beating Chicago 7-2 in the Nastiness In Nashville November 16 and retained by knocking off Dallas 3-1 December 12, as immortalized by Hutton. As Friend of the III Zack Bennett pointed out, that makes Dallas the Brooklyn Brawler. Nashville is on a record month-long title run.

No matter the outcome, the next challenge will come December 27. If Nashville retains, they’ll travel to Dallas for another title match against the Stars. If the Blackhawks take The Belt, they’ll defend it that day at home against Colorado; it would be the Avs’ first shot at the belt.