The effort was there for Nashville. The shots were highly in their favor and the scoring opportunities plentiful. But for the third straight game, the result was disappointing.
The Chicago Blackhawks pounced on a pair of Predators mistakes to send Nashville to its third straight loss, 3-0 in front of an announced sellout crowd of 17,113 at Bridgestone Arena.
"This is one of those games where the result isn't what you want," Coach Barry Trotz said. "But the indicators of what you need and how you need to play, with focus — that was definitely there."