Blackhawks vs. Predators Pick
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Predators are listed as a -160 favorite to win on the moneyline. The total is set at 6 goals. As of Tuesday afternoon, 69 percent of public bets have come in on the Predators.
Chicago enters with a 23-19-6-1 record after a 5-1 victory Thursday at the Red Wings. Nashville is 29-11-3-4 following a 3-0 shutout win Thursday at the Devils. The Predators are 2-1 in three meetings this season, while the under has gone 3-0. Nashville has gone 6-4 in the last 10 meetings, while the under has gone 4-2-4.
The Blackhawks were paced by Alex DeBrincat as he tallied a hat trick plus an assist in the triumph at Detroit. Anthony Duclair registered a goal and two assists. Vinnie Hinostroza scored the other goal. Anton Forsberg made 23 saves on 24 shots to pick up the victory. Chicago led 3-0 through one period and 4-0 through two periods.
In the Predators' victory at New Jersey, Pekka Rinne accounted for 27 saves to get the win. Viktor Arvidsson, Mattias Ekholm and PK Subban paced Nashville with a goal and an assist each. After a scoreless first period, Subban opened the scoring midway through the second. The Predators added two goals in the third period.
Chicago is 1-6 in the last seven meetings. The under is 4-0-3 in teh last seven meetings. The over is 5-1-5 in the last 11 meetings in Nashville.
There might be a tad bit of rust and going through the motions in the first game after the All-Star Break. Nashville is strong defensively and Chicago hasn't been quite as powerful offensively this season. Chicago has had some major headaches against Nashville lately and expect that to continue here. I just don't believe Nashville will score a lot either.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: BALTIMORE ORIOLES -120