Chicago Blackhawks (17-16-5) at Nashville Predators (19-18-1)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 3:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)
The Line: Nashville Predators -123 / Chicago Blackhawks +110 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Chicago Blackhawks and the Nashville Predators meet in NHL action from the Bridgestone Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The Chicago Blackhawks will look to bounce back from a 4-3 loss to Carolina in their last matchup. Patrick Kane leads Chicago in scoring with 49 points including 13 goals and a team-high 36 assists, as many assists as Alex DeBrincat has in points with a team-high 19 goals and 17 assists this season. Dominik Kubalik has 27 points with 12 goals and 15 assists while Mattias Janmark and Pius Suter each have double-digit goal tallies this season. As a team, Chicago is averaging 2.8 goals on 28.9 shots per game with a 26.7% success rate on the power play while allowing 3.1 goals on 33.9 shots per game against with a 74.3% kill rate on the penalty kill this season.
The Nashville Predators will be looking to rebound from a 4-1 loss to the Dallas Stars in their last matchup. Filip Forsberg leads the Predators in scoring, posting 29 points with 11goals and 18 assists this season, both team-highs. Roman Josi has 21 points with 17 assists while Calle Jarnkrok, Viktor Arvidsson and Eell Toivanen each have 18 points with Jarnkrok logging 11 goals of his own while Arvidsson has 13 assists and Toivanen has 9 goals and 9 assists on the year. As a team, Nashville is averaging 2.5 goals per game on 30.6 shots with a 20.9% conversion rate on the power play while allowing 2.9 goals on 30.9 shots with a 72.5% kill rate on the penalty kill this season.
Chicago is 3-7 in their last 10 games overall and 9-23 in their last 32 games as a road underdog while the under is 6-1-1 in their last 8 games overall. Nashville is 4-0 in their last four games as a favorite and 9-1 in their last 10 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 4-1-2 in their last 7 home games. Chicago is 0-4 in the last four meetings between these two teams and 1-5 in the last six meetings between these two teams in Nashville.
I get the case that could be made for either side here, as Chicago’s been kind in the underdog role and this line feels suspiciously low, while Nashville’s been the hotter team and has had more success at home. With that said, as funny as the line looks, I have to side with Nashville here, as the Preds have just been playing better hockey recently and I see no reason to deviate from that here. Give me Nashville.