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Bryan Bickell scores, Ray Emery makes 20 saves as Chicago beats Predators 1-0

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    Chicago Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell (29) is congratulated by Michal Handzus (26) after Bickell scored against the Nashville Predators in the first period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, April 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)The Associated Press

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    Chicago Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell (29) scores against Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35), of Finland, in the first period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, April 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)The Associated Press

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    Chicago Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell (29) knocks Nashville Predators right wing Brandon Yip (18) off the puck in the second period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, April 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)The Associated Press

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    Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35), of Finland, watches Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) as Kane takes a shot in the first period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, April 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)The Associated Press

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    Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber (6) defends against Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) in the first period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, April 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)The Associated Press

Bryan Bickell scored in the first period, and Ray Emery made 20 saves and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Nashville Predators 1-0 Saturday for their third win in four games.

The Blackhawks improved to 12-0-1 against the Central Division this season and moved closer to clinching the playoff berth.

The Blackhawks won their third against Nashville this season and second in six days.

This is the first of a back-to-back between these teams with the second game Sunday night in Chicago.

Nashville lost its second straight and fourth in five games.

Emery posted his second shutout and the 13th of his career, and Chicago improved to 16-3-4 in one-goal games this season.