NASHVILLE -- Chicago remains the only National Hockey League team without a regulation loss. And now it's going home for a while.
Marcus Kruger, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane scored goals as the Blackhawks dominated Nashville Sunday night in a 3-0 shutout at Bridgestone Arena.
Corey Crawford upped his record to 7-0-2 in goal, turning away a measly 17 shots for his first shutout this year and the team's first clean sheet since 2011. Chicago (10-0-2) now owns a league-best 22 points and finished a season-long six-game road trip with a 4-0-2 mark, losing only in consecutive overtime games against Minnesota and Vancouver.
Tuesday night's date with visiting Anaheim starts a seven-game homestand at United Center for the Blackhawks.
"We're happy with the win tonight," defenseman Duncan Keith said. "We did some good things on this trip. We did a good job of playing our game and we stayed patient. It was nice to get the shutout for sure."
Meanwhile, the Predators (5-3-4) lost for the second straight evening and looked like a team working the second end of a back-to-back series. They rarely mustered a territorial edge against an opponent which hadn't played since routing Phoenix 6-2 Thursday night.
At one point, the Blackhawks boasted a 15-3 advantage in shots on goal. Nashville went nearly 21 minutes of game time -- the last 9:56 of the first period and the first 9:04 of the second period -- without testing Crawford.
"It was a tough stretch," Crawford said. "It was pretty tough to stand all that time without a shot. I had to stay focused. I thought the guys played a great game overall and took care of the puck."
Pekka Rinne kept the Predators on even ground for more than a period, but Chicago beat him twice in a 66-second span of the second stanza. Kruger snapped a 40-foot wrist shot past the Finnish goalie at 6:14 for his second goal of the year.
Nashville coach Barry Trotz was unhappy with his team's play prior to Kruger's goal. The Predators gave up the puck along the boards early in the sequence and defenseman Roman Josi, given a chance to corral it in his end, sort of kicked it on Kruger's stick.
"Put a tent over that circus," Trotz said. "The first goal was a comedy of errors. It wasn't a classic goal."
Toews made it 2-0 at 7:20, deflecting Keith's backhander past Rinne for his sixth goal. With Nashville unable to consistently mount any kind of attack, the margin seemed bigger.
Kane tacked on insurance at 4:27 of the third period, wristing a shot from an extreme angle on the left wing past Rinne. Other than that goal, Rinne played a decent game, finishing with 24 saves.
Crawford preserved his shutout by stoning Mike Fisher and David Legwand on a couple of point-blank attempts later in the third period.
"I'm very pleased with the road trip," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "Our last couple of games were the best games of the trip. We don't want to change anything when we return home. Let's get our building excited."
As for the Predators, they once again face questions about an offense which appeared to have perked up early in the week during 6-1 and 3-0 wins over St. Louis and Los Angeles, respectively. But they scored just one goal in Saturday night's overtime loss at Minnesota and have been blanked three times in 12 games.
Nashville is averaging a lowly two goals per game and Trotz knows why.
"We didn't have anyone driving the middle," he said. "We have to put it to the net and drive to the net more. We have to create more chances on offense without creating unnecessary risks on defense. It's a working man's league. We have to keep it simple."
NOTES: This was the first of a four-game homestand for Nashville, which played eight of its first 11 games on the road. It is 1-1-2 on home ice and 4-2-2 on the road. ... The Predators and Blackhawks won't see each other again until April, but will play four times in an 18-day span, starting on the 1st. ... Nashville's Patric Hornqvist is out for another week or two with a knee sprain sustained on Jan. 26 at Anaheim. ... Chicago leads the league in goals on the road with 36 and is second in the NHL with seven power play goals away from home.