Predators' Sullivan eyes return against Blackhawks

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Chicago (22-9-7) at Nashville (18-19-3), 8:30 p.m. EST

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- The Nashville Predators could

receive a surprising boost while trying to build off a victory.

Right wing Steve Sullivan, who has not played since February 22,

2007, may return from injury and skate for the Predators on

Saturday when they take on the Chicago Blackhawks in the opener

of a home-and-home series.

The Predators, who will try to notch their first winning streak

in over a month, hope Sullivan - a two-time 30-goal scorer - can

serve as a much-needed reinforcement for their struggling

offense.

Prior to its 5-3 triumph over the Pittsburgh Penguins on

Thursday, Nashville had scored seven total goals during a

five-game slide.

Sullivan, a former Blackhawk, has 228 goals and 577 points in

723 career games, but has been sidelined for the Predators' last

153 contests due to a troublesome back, which required two disc

operations.

Martin Erat, who has 95 career tallies, needs one more to tie

Scott Walker for the franchise record for career goals with the

Predators.

Chicago had its two-game winning streak end with Thursday's 2-1

loss to the Colorado Avalanche. The Blackhawks have already

lost more games in January (2-2-0) than in all of December

(10-1-1).

Against Colorado, All-Star Patrick Kane returned after missing

two games with a right ankle sprain and recorded an assist. The

20-year-old sophomore sensation has five goals and 15 points in

his last 15 contests.

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