Nashville Predators (25-21-2) at Chicago Blackhawks (22-20-5)
NHL Hockey: Friday, April 23, 2021 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks +108 / Nashville Predators -119 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Nashville Predators and Chicago Blackhawks meet Friday in NHL action at the United Center.
The Nashville Predators look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Calle Jarnkrok leads Nashville with 12 goals, Roman Josi has 23 assists and Viktor Arvidsson has 146 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their opponents power plays. Juuse Saros has allowed 63 goals on 840 shots faced and Pekka Rinne has allowed 62 goals on 634 shots.
The Chicago Blackhawks look for a win after splitting their last 16 games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 23.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex DeBrincat leads Chicago with 23 goals, Patrick Kane has 43 assists and Dominik Kubalik has 131 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 75.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Kevin Lankinen has given up 95 goals on 1,073 shots faced and Malcolm Subban has given up 36 goals on 406 shots.
The Predators are 5-1 in their last 6 road games and 12-5 in their last 17 overall. The Blackhawks are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The under is 3-0-2 in Predators last 5 overall. The over is 6-2 in Blackhawks last 8 overall. The Predators are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Chicago and 6-1 in the last 7 meetings. The home team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
This line is rather surprising, as the Nashville Predators have been head and shoulders the better team this season and they've won six of the seven meetings against the Blackhawks. The lone loss to the Blackhawks was on Wednesday, a game that needed overtime to be decided. The Chicago Blackhawks don't string wins together enough to be seriously considered in this spot, especially with a price so cheap. I'll gladly side with the Predators here.