Blackhawks vs. Predators - 2/25/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Nashville Predators (29-21-11) at Chicago Blackhawks (38-19-5)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -160 / Nashville Predators +144 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNC, NBCSN
The Nashville Predators and Chicago Blackhawks square off Thursday at the United Center.
The Nashville Predators look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 19.7 percent of their power plays. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 23 goals, Shea Weber has 21 assists and James Neal has 191 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 79.7 percent of their power play chances. Pekka Rinne has allowed 121 goals on 1,286 shots faced and Carter Hutton has given up 24 goals on 308 shots. Rinne has allowed three goals in his last three games.
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The Chicago Blackhawks also need a win after splitting their last 14 games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 22.6 percent of their power plays. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 35 goals, Artemi Panarin has 35 assists and Jonathan Toews has 138 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 79.9 percent of their power play chances. Corey Crawford has allowed 108 goals on 1,490 shots faced and Scott Darling has given up 35 goals on 421 shots. Crawford has allowed 10 goals in his last three games.
The Predators are 7-1 in their last 8 road games and 1-4 in their last 5 games following a win. The Blackhawks are 37-15 in their last 52 home games and 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Western Conference. The Predators are 8-22 in the last 30 meetings in Chicago and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings overall.
Nashville very rarely beats the Blackhawks, especially when the game is played in Chicago. Also, the home team has won eight of the last nine meetings between these two teams. Give me the Blackhawks at home.