Blackhawks pip the Predators

15 October 2017 07:57:39 EST
Brandon Saad

The Chicago Blackhawks moved back atop the Central Division on Saturday evening with a 2-1 overtime defeat of the Nashville Predators.

Brandon Saad scored his sixth of the year at 3.05 of the extra frame to give the Blackhawks maximum points at the United Center in Chicago.

Saad has been in fine form to start the season after being reacquired by the Blackhawks who obviously regretted shipping him off to the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first place.

Filip Forsberg had given the visitors the lead late in the second period with a power play goal only to see Patrick Sharp equalise with under six minutes to play.

Chicago, 9/1 to win the Central Division, now gets three days off before travelling to St. Louis to face the Blues at the Scottrade Center.

Thursday the Blackhawks host the Edmonton Oilers and then hit the road to play the Arizona Coyotes and Vegas Golden Knights.

Nashville on the other hand returns home to the Bridgestone Arena this Tuesday for the visit of the Colorado Avalanche before heading off to take on the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Rangers.

Second and third in the Division, the Avalanche and the Blues, both lost on Saturday with Colorado falling to the Dallas Stars and St. Louis being edged by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Not so the Winnipeg Jets who moved into fourth, ahead of the Predators with a 2-1 defeat of the Carolina Hurricanes at the MTS Centre.

Connor Hellebuyck secured his third consecutive victory in net for the Jets and it would not be a shock for the youngster to see considerably more ice time despite struggling last season.

The Blackhawks are 10/1 to win the Western Conference with the Predators 7/1 and the Edmonton Oilers priced at 14/1.

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