Chicago Blackhawks at Nashville Predators- 4/23/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Blackhawks (51-29-6) at Nashville Predators (48-26-12)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 9:30 pm (Bridgestone Arena)
The Line: Nashville Predators -110 / Chicago Blackhawks +100 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Blackhawks look to wrap up their series with the Predators in game five on Thursday as the scene shifts back to Nashville tonight.
USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago Blackhawks survived a triple overtime thriller in game four on Tuesday night and took a 3-1 series lead heading into Thursday's game five where they can book their ticket to the Western Conference semi finals. Chicago is starting to hit their stride after losing four straight games heading into the playoffs and that is downright scary news for the re st of the NHL as this team has the horses to go on yet another Cup run and I don't think it would be a shock to a lot of people if they won the Stanley Cup again this season. However, it looks as though they are going to ride Scott Darling between the pipes moving forward as Corey Crawford has had his struggles and while they could just as well start the former Cup winner in this one I think giving Darling a chance is the right move and one I expect Joel Quenneville will do.
The Preds have their backs against the wall and will be in desperation mode in this one and I think we will see their best effort of the series and possibly of the season tonight at home. Nashville was very impressive on home ice this season and were a bounce away from evening the series on Tuesday night so you can bet they'll be out to make amends and with the talent they have on the back end it wouldn't be a shock to see them make a statement in this one. While I do think the Hawks win the series and go on a deep run I think the Preds have too much in them tonight with their season on the line to lose this way and as such I am taking them at a really nice price.