The NHL’s official website, NHL.com, announced Tuesday that it will debut a new feature on its “Rivalry Week” blog series that will showcase the league’s biggest matchups from around the league.
The feature will focus on the Blackhawks vs, Nashville Predators, and feature an analysis of each team.
The Blackhawks vs., which will air Sunday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m.
ET, will be a rematch of a two-game sweep of the Predators in Nashville in 2016 that set the stage for a sweep by the Blackhawks in 2018.
The Preds defeated Chicago 3-1 on Wednesday night, marking their second consecutive victory over the Blackhawks.
The Predators are off for the weekend after a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.
“The Blackhawks are the most talented team in the league, but there are some great teams in the NHL as well,” Predators head coach Peter Laviolette said.
“We’ve got a chance to beat the Blackhawks and we’ll be playing one of those great teams that are hard to beat.”
The Blackhawks beat the Predators 3-2 in Nashville on Jan. 31.
Chicago’s first game against Nashville is Tuesday, Feb 10 at 7 p.ms.
ET against the Philadelphia Knights.
“Rival Week” will be the first series of the year between the two teams.
The two teams split the first four games of the 2017-18 regular season, with Chicago winning three of those games.
The Hawks then won the second and third games of each of the final two regular seasons, and finished with the same record, 3-6-2.
“I think this series is really important for the league because we are competing with some of the teams that we’re playing, and it’s important for us to get out there and try to win, too,” Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw said.
Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane said, “This series is about getting the right answers to questions that have been asked all year long and going into next year.”
The Predators and Blackhawks have met seven times since 1998, including the Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup in 2019.
The last time the two sides met was at Bridgestone Arena in 2016, when Chicago won the Cup.
The winner of that game is the host team for the 2018 Winter Classic in Nashville.
Predators goaltender Stefan Elliott said he’s “confident” he will play in Nashville, but is not sure when that will be.
“It’s going to be a great challenge,” Elliott said.