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Predators fans to bring out the sledgehammer vs. Blackhawks (car)

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Predators fans to bring out the sledgehammer vs. Blackhawks (car)

By Sarah Langs

The Nashville Predators will be coming out swinging for home games in this first round series against the Blackhawks. Regardless of what they’ll do inside the arena, there will be attempts to crush the Blackhawks outside Bridgestone Arena.

With a sledgehammer.

Don’t worry, none of this violence will be directed towards Blackhawks players. It won’t cause any player injuries. Instead, to raise money for the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund, a Blackhawks-painted car will be waiting outside to be destroyed by Predators fans who donate a fee.  

The fundraiser, called Smash Car, isn’t just the Predators ganging up on the Hawks. Nashville has done this before, including in 2012 against the Red Wings — something Hawks fans might have been on board with back then.

Other hockey teams have embraced the fundraiser concept as well. This postseason, the New York Islanders will have a Washington Capitals-themed car outside Nassau Coliseum for the same, charity and morale-raising purpose.

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The Blackhawks haven’t announced any corresponding promotions, so it appears they’re primed to let their actions on the ice -- as opposed to their fans’ smashing strength -- speak for themselves.

The Blackhawks and Predators begin their series on the ice at 7:30PM on CSN.

 

Blackhawks trade goalie Robin Lehner to Golden Knights

Blackhawks trade goalie Robin Lehner to Golden Knights

The Blackhawks made a major last-minute trade deadline move Monday, dealing goalie Robin Lehner to the Vegas Golden Knights in a three-team deal.

Chicago sent Lehner to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for winger Martins Dzierkals, a 22-year-old unsigned draft pick. Lehner and Dzierkals were then traded to Vegas, netting the Blackhawks goaltender Malcolm Subban, defenseman Slava Demin and Vegas' second-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.

Toronto received Vegas' fifth-round pick and retained some of Lehner's salary for helping complete the deal.

Subban has an .890 save percentage in 19 starts with the Golden Knights this season. Demin is a teammate of Hawks' prospect Ian Mitchell, also a D man, at Denver. 

Lehner signed a one-year, $5 million free-agent contract with Chicago the past offseason, making him an unrestricted free agent after this year. 

The 28-year-old netminder - who was a Vezina Trophy finalist last year with the New York Islanders - was 16-10-5 as a Hawk this season with 3.01 goals-against average, a .918 save percentage and zero shutouts.

Lehner and Chicago goalie Corey Crawford had been evenly splitting the net for the Blackhawks. Crawford has a 2.80 goals-against average, a .915 save percentage and one shutout this season. 

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Blackhawks trade Erik Gustafsson to Flames ahead of NHL deadline

Blackhawks trade Erik Gustafsson to Flames ahead of NHL deadline

The Blackhawks traded defenseman Erik Gustafsson to the Calgary Flames, the club announced Monday. In return, the Hawks acquired the earlier of Calgary's two third-round picks.

The puck-carrying defenseman had 26 points (six goals, 20 assists) with the Hawks this season after finishing last year with a career-high 60 points (17 goals, 43 assists). 

The 27-year-old blueliner carries a $1.2 million cap hit and will become an unrestricted free agent after this season. 

The Swede had 116 points (28 goals, 88 assists) in four seasons with the Blackhawks after being selected No. 93 overall in the 2012 NHL Draft. 

Gustafsson admitted his uncertain future was weighing on him in Chicago this season. 

"I don't know how I can't block it away," Gustafsson told NBC Sports Chicago earlier this month. "At the start of the year I was nervous going in, if I'm going to sign here or if I'm going to be traded or something like that. I think that just affected my game and I was thinking about that instead of thinking about my game on the ice."

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