Nashville Predators at Chicago Blackhawks

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The Nashville Predators will go on the road and take on the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center. These two teams have played each other three times this season with the Predators winning all three games. The Predators have a record of 17-17-1. The Blackhawks have a record of 16-14-5.

Predators are Getting Hot

The Predators are hot, winning four straight games. Their last game was a 3-1 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday. Ryan Johansen, Mikael Granlund, and Rocco Grimaldi each scored a goal. Juuse Saros was sharp in net, stopping 29 out of 30 shots faced.

Putting the puck in the net has been a struggle for the Preds this season. They have scored two goals or less in five out of their last 10 games. They rank 10th in shots per game but only 27th in goals per game, 23rd in scoring efficiency ratio, and 28th in shooting %. Filip Forsberg leads the team with 29 points. Roman Josi has at least one point in five out of the last six games.

Defense and goaltending are trending in the right direction for Nashville recently. They have given up two goals or less in six out of their last seven games. The team ranks 20th in goals against per game, 19th in shots against per game, and 21st in opponent shooting % and save %. Pekka Rinne has a record of 8-11-1 with a 3.07 GAA and a .899 SV%. Juuse Saros has a record of 9-6-0 with a 2.38 GAA and a .923 SV%. Saros has given up two goals or less in each of his last nine games.

Blackhawks Coming off Loss

The Blackhawks lost their last game 3-1 against the Nashville Predators on Saturday. Puis Suter scored Chicago’s lone goal. Kevin Lankinen stopped 31 out of 34 shots faced.

The Blackhawks have been inconsistent on offense lately. They have scored two goals or less in five out of the last nine games. They rank 16th in goals per game, 23rd in shots per game, 15th in shooting %, and 18th in scoring efficiency ratio. Patrick Kane is third in points and tied for second in assists in the league. Alex Debrincat is tied for sixth in the NHL with 16 goals on the season.

Defense and goaltending are a problem for the Hawks recently. They have given up four goals or more in six out of the last 10 games. The team ranks 22nd in goals against per game, last in shots against per game, and 12th in opponent shooting % and save %. Kevin Lankinen has a record of 12-8-4 with a 2.72 GAA and a .920 SV%.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

The Predators have won four straight games. Defense and goaltending are trending in the right direction for Nashville recently. They have given up two goals or less in six out of their last seven games. Juuse Saros has given up two goals or less in each of his last nine games. Defense and goaltending are a problem for the Hawks recently. They have given up four goals or more in six out of the last 10 games. The team ranks 22nd in goals against per game, last in shots against per game, and 12th in opponent shooting % and save %. The Predators have had Chicago’s number this season, winning all three games against the Blackhawks. Nashville will win this game.

Prediction:
Nashville Predators (-105)

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

Defense and goaltending are trending in the right direction for Nashville recently. They have given up two goals or less in six out of their last seven games. Juuse Saros has given up two goals or less in each of his last nine games. The under has hit in four straight games between these two teams. The under will hit in this matchup.

Prediction:
Under 5.5