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Predators blank Hawks

Joel Ward scored a power play marker and Jerred Smithson added an insurance marker Thursday, as the Nashville Predators defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0.

Nashville won the game as +140 underdogs, while the teams played UNDER the posted over/under (5.5).

Pekka Rinne made 22 saves for the shutout, and Cristobal Huet made 26 stops for the Blackhawks.