The Nashville Predators showed up to the United Center on Wednesday night wearing their Reverse Retro jerseys so the Chicago Blackhawks had to wear their road whites.
It was actually a really cool thing to see as that is very old-school for the NHL. Unless it is a special occasion, you only see the white jerseys at home which is not the way that it always was.
Unfortunately for the Hawks, the game didn’t go very well for them. They had a 2-1 lead in the contest but allowed the Predators to score three unanswered goals to come out with a 4-2 victory.
Nashville is a really good team that can get to another level this season and it showed in this game. Their best players were their best players and that is why the Hawks lost.
With guys like Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews not scoring right now, it is going to be tough to beat teams like Nashville who have studs like Matt Duchene, Roman Josi, and Nino Niederreiter playing at the top of their game.
After this loss to Nashville, however, there is one silver lining. At 7-20-4, the Blackhawks have the worst record in the National Hockey League. If that holds, they will have the best odds of winning the 2023 NHL Draft Lottery.
That would be amazing news for them as it would mean that Connor Bedard is headed to Chicago. This is one of the best players to be the number-one pick since Auston Matthews went to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2016.
That is saying something too because Jack Hughes, Nico Hischier, and Rasmus Dahlin amongst others have been sensational.
Bedard is going to play with Team Canada at the World Junior Championships next week and he is going to tear it up. In their one pre-tourney game, he went off.
There are four Blackhawks prospects already there for him to play with along with other studs like Shane Wright (Seattle Kraken’s top prospect) and Adam Fantilli (who will be the second overall pick in 2023).
Bedard is a special player and Blackhawks fans might want to start catching a glimpse of him in this tournament. Even if they end up second overall, Fantilli won’t be a bad consolation prize. This is your chance to see them together.
Other NHL News:
The biggest news around the NHL right now is something that Blackhawks fans are familiar with. We know that Ovechkin scored his 800th career goal at the United Center last week.
Now, his next goal will tie Gordie Howe for the second most in NHL history, and then he’ll pass it at 802.
That is truly going to be a special moment in the league’s history as Ovechkin chases down Wayne Gretzky’s total of 894. This is going to be a great time to be a hockey fan as The Great 8 tries to chase down that record.
The league is in such a good spot right now with all of the young talent being combined with some of the legends that are still playing like Ovechkin.