Nashville Predators (16-17-1) at Chicago Blackhawks (16-13-5)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks +100 / Nashville Predators -110 --- Over/Under: 6 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Nashville Predators and Chicago Blackhawks meet Saturday in NHL action at the United Center.
The Nashville Predators look for a win after winning five of their last six games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 20.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 11 goals, Roman Josi has 17 assists and Viktor Arvidsson has 110 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 71.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Juuse Saros has allowed 37 goals on 464 shots faced and Pekka Rinne has allowed 58 goals on 572 shots.
The Chicago Blackhawks need a win here after losing six of their last nine games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 28.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex DeBrincat leads Chicago with 16 goals, Patrick Kane has 33 assists and Dominik Kubalik has 96 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 73.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Kevin Lankinen has given up 63 goals on 786 shots faced and Malcolm Subban has given up 29 goals on 298 shots.
The Predators are 8-20 in their last 28 games as an underdog and 5-1 in their last 6 overall. The Blackhawks are 4-1 in their last 5 games as a favorite and 1-4 in their last 5 Saturday games. The over is 6-2 in Predators last 8 Saturday games. The under is 3-0-1 in Blackhawks last 4 overall. The Predators are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. The favorite is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. The home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Nashville Predators have played their best and most consistent hockey over the last week, and they've won both meetings this season against the Blackhawks. The Chicago Blackhawks have provided value at times in the underdog role this season, but they've had issues stringing wins together and appear to be back to their losing ways. I'll put my money on the team that's playing the better hockey right now, especially with the Preds winning six of the last eight meetings against the Blackhawks overall.