Blackhawks at Predators - 4/15/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Blackhawks (48-28-6) at Nashville Predators (47-25-10)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 8:30 pm (Bridgestone Arena)
The Line: Nashville Predators -116 / Chicago Blackhawks +105 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators meet Wednesday in the first round of the playoffs.
The Chicago Blackhawks ended the season on a four-game losing streak. The Blackhawks are averaging 2.7 goals and have scored four goals in their last three games. The Chicago Blackhawks have zero power play goals in their last six games and have won 11 straight when scoring at least three goals. Jonathan Toews leads Chicago with 28 goals, Patrick Kane has 37 assists and Brandon Saad has 203 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blackhawks are allowing 2.3 goals and have allowed a power play goal in four of their last five games. Corey Crawford has allowed 126 goals on 1,661 shots faced and Scott Darling has given up 27 goals on 419 shots.
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The Nashville Predators ended the season on a six-game losing streak. The Predators are averaging 2.8 goals and have scored five goals in their last three games. The Nashville Predators have one power play goal in their last four games and have split their last eight games when scoring at least three goals. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 26 goals, Craig Smith has 21 assists and Colin Wilson has 172 shots on goal. Defensively, the Predators are allowing 2.5 goals and have allowed a power play goal in four of their last five games. Pekka Rinne has given up 140 goals on 1,807 shots faced and Carter Hutton has given up 44 goals on 450 shots.
The Blackhawks are 4-0 in their last 4 Conference Quarterfinals games and 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Western Conference. The Predators are 6-1 in their last 7 Conference Quarterfinals games and 0-8 in their last 8 vs. Western Conference. The home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Blackhawks have the offensive firepower and the experience to steal game one on the road. Add in the plus money, and I really like my chances with Chicago.