Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators - 10/15/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Nashville Predators (1-0-0) at Chicago Blackhawks (0-2-0)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 8:30 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -125 / Nashville Predators +101 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSM, WGN
The Nashville Predators and Chicago Blackhawks meet Saturday night in NHL action at the United Center.
The Nashville Predators are fresh off an impressive 3-2 opening victory over the Blackhawks Friday night and now try to see if they can sweep the head to head back-to-back. The Predators were able to take advantage of three power play opportunities and hold Chicago scoreless for the final 40 minutes. Mike Fisher, Roman Josi and P.K. Subban all found the back of the net for Nashville, while goalie Pekka Rinne came away with 22 saves. The Predators were expected to be a force in the Central this season and two straight wins over the quality Blackhawks would be a nice start. The Nashville Predators now have a chance to start the season 2-0 for the third straight year.
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The Chicago Blackhawks obviously hope to return the favor to Nashville by winning a game on their home ice. The Blackhawks just couldn’t get much offense going in the final two periods and lost the faceoff battle 36-28. The good news for the Blackhawks is that Niklas Hjalmarsson and Marcus Kruger each scored a goal while Patrick Kane got good looks at the net and had six shots on goal. Corey Crawford came away with 24 saves and has now allowed 13 goals in his last three regular season games. The Blackhawks have now allowed eight goals in their first two games and continue to get killed on the powerplay defense. The Chicago Blackhawks have not started 0-3 since the 2008-09 NHL season.
The Predators are 18-38 in their last 56 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-1 in their last 6 vs. a team with a losing record. The Blackhawks are 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest and 122-60 in their last 182 home games. The Predators are 1-7 in the last 8 meetings in Chicago.
It's tough to beat a team twice in as many days, especially when that team is a quality team. The Chicago Blackhawks are too talented to continue losing the way they are, and Chicago hasn't started a season with three straight losses in quite some time, as I mentioned earlier. Not to mention Nashville hasn't handled back-to-backs very well over the years. So, at home, I'm going to side with the Chicago Blackhawks to get the much needed bounce back victory.