Conference III Championship Tale Of The Tape: Nashville at Chicago, 22 March 2014

by J.R.

Tonight, in a Sunday special, the Conference III Belt is on the line as Nashville travels to Chicago as the Predators try to become the third member of the three-Belt club along with the Blackhawks and Blues.

This is the third time Nashville and Chicago have met for the Belt, with each team winning once, bookending a Nashville title run.

Let’s see how they stack up!

The Challenger: Nashville!

The Challenger: Nashville!

The Champion: Chicago!

The Champion: Chicago!

The Belt!

The Belt!

The Tale of the Tape:

Nashville Predators Chicago Blackhawks
30-31-10 Record 41-15-15
4-6-0 Last 10 6-3-1
Barry “No Neck No Mercy” Trotz Coach Joel “The Thrill” Quenneville
171 Goals For 240
213 Goals Against 184
Shea “Captain Fear” Weber (46) Points Leader Patrick “A Very Handsome Man” Sharp and Patrick “Mr Patty Kane” Kane (69)
Craig “Honey Badger” Smith (20) Goals Leader Sharp (30)
Pekka “The Eraser” Rinne Goaltender Corey “The Crow” Crawford
Eric “Not Nys” Nystrom and Richard “Dicky” Clune Threero Bryan “Bingo” Bickell and Michal “Big Rozie” Rozsival
Seth “The 28th Amendment” Jones and Calle “Ironhook” Jarnkrok Rookie To Watch Ben “Buzzfeed” Smith and Teuvo “The Terror” Teravainen
6’1″ Average Height 6’1″
203 Average Weight 201
2 Title Belts Won 3
2-3 as Challenger, 1-2 as Champion Record In Belt Matches 4-2 as Champion, 3-3 as Challenger

Odd as it is, Nashville actually has played Chicago pretty well this season — the Preds are 2-1 against the Hawks — so this isn’t just a walkover for the reigning champs by any stretch of the imagination.

The much-heralded debut of Tuevo Teravainen could happen this evening, as well.

No matter tonight’s winner, the Belt is up again Tuesday. If Chicago retains, the Hawks will defend at home against Dallas. If Nashville wins, Colorado will come into Music City looking to win its first title.

Puck drops tonight at 6.

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