Conference III Championship Belt Tale of The Tape: Chicago at Nashville, 6 December 2014
Tonight, Chicago rolls into Nashville for its first defense of the Conference III Belt of the 2014-15 season — and Nashville gets its first shot at the strap in the new campaign. The Hawks and Preds met for the Belt three times last season, with Nashville winning twice.
|Nashville Predators||Chicago Blackhawks|
|Peter “Giddy Up And Go” Laviolette||Coach||Joel “The Thrill” Quenneville|
|“Prince” Filip Forsberg (25)||Points Leader||Patrick “Mr Patty Kane” Kane (26)|
|Forsberg (11)||Goals Leader||Kane (12)|
|Pekka “The Eraser” Rinne||Goaltender||Scott “Oh My” Darling or Antii “Faantastic” Raanta|
|Eric “Not Nys” Nystrom||Threero||Bryan “Bingo” Bickell and Michal “Big Rozie” Rozsival|
|Forsberg||Rookie To Watch||Klas “The Klaw” Dahlbeck|
|3||Title Belts Won||4|
|3-3 as Challenger, 1-3 as Champion||Record In Belt Matches||4-3 as Champion, 4-3 as Challenger|
It’s a 6 PM start on a Saturday in Nashville. I’m sure there’s an official reason for it, but the probable actual reason is that that’s one less hour the Red Horde can pound beers on Lower Broad and make a mess of themselves.
In any event, this one is not just for the Belt, but the battle between two of the NHL’s hottest teams is for the Conference III lead, coming at an intriguing time in Nashville’s schedule, the Preds having played St. Louis Thursday (and boasting a gaudy 11-1-1 home record). Chicago played Friday against Montreal, so come in with a little bit of the back-to-back drags.
A successful defense by Chicago would mean the next Belt match would come Dec. 16 against Minnesota, who held the strap for the first six weeks or so of the season. If Nashville wins the challenge, the Preds will defend Tuesday in Colorado.