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.
CIII3. Blackhawks 46-21-5 (107 points, 3rd in Conference III) vs. WC1. Wild (43-27-12, 98 points, 4th in Conference III)
Season Series— Wild 3-1-1
Leaders— Blackhawks: Duncan Keith (2G, 5A, 7 Points), Jonathan Toews (3G, 4A, 7 Points, 3 GWG), Patrick Kane (3G); Wild: Zach Parise (3G, 7A, 10 Points), Charlie Coyle (3G), Clayton Stoner (20 PIMs)
Probable Goalies: Blackhawks: Corey Crawford (4-2, .935, 1.98); Wild: Ilya Bryzgalof (1-2, .826, 4.25)
CIII2. Blues 52-23-7 (111 points, 2nd in Conference III) vs. CIII3. Blackhawks (46-21-15, 107 points, 3rd in Conference III)
Season Series— Blues 3-2
Leaders— Blues: Alexander Steen (33G, 29A, 62 Points, 9 GWG), Alex Pietrangelo (43A), David Backes (10 PPG); Blackhawks: Patrick Sharp (34G, 44A, 78 Points, 10 PPG), Patrick Kane (10 PPG, 6 GWG), Ben Smith (15.6% shooting)
Probable Goalies: Blues: Ryan Miller (25-30-4, .918, 2.64); Blackhawks: Corey Crawford (32-16-12, .917, 2.26)
Obscene Alex and J.R. can’t agree on the utility of explicit language; can they agree on the outcome of this year’s playoff series?
Every Friday bloggers from around The Heptarchy will update us on the news and notes from their teams (with that fancy header image courtesy of Mike D; like democracy itself, it’s a perpetual work-in-progress). Yes, we ripped this off from TRH’s Pacific War Room; no, we don’t care. And since we ripped it off, we’ll follow their lead and go in standings order.
Today In History
The Naval Act of 1794 — passed on this day in, uh, 1794 — authorized the building of the first six frigates of the U.S. Navy. A real original six.
One of them — the Constitution — is still in commission in Charlestown Navy Yard and part of the Navy’s educational outreach programs.
That leaves five and, wouldn’t ya know, there are five Conference III games today.
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!