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Nashville Predators vs Chicago Blackhawks 4/16/22 NHL Picks, Predictions, Odds

Chicago Blackhawks (25-38-11) vs. Nashville Predators (42-27-5)
April 16, 2022 12:30 pm EDT
The Line: Nashville Predators -290 / Chicago Blackhawks +235; Over/Under: -5.5
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The Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators meet Saturday in NHL action at the Bridgestone Arena. The Chicago Blackhawks need a win after losing eight of their last nine games. The Nashville Predators look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. 

The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 21.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex DeBrincat leads Chicago with 39 goals, Patrick Kane has 62 assists and Seth Jones has 176 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 74.9 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Collin Delia has given up 15 goals on 147 shots faced, and Kevin Lankinen has allowed 88 goals on 777 shots.

The Nashville Predators are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 24.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 38 goals, Roman Josi has 68 assists and Matt Duchene has 200 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80.2 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Juuse Saros has allowed 155 goals on 1,972 shots faced, and David Rittich has allowed 34 goals on 311 shots.

The Blackhawks are 7-19 in their last 26 Saturday games and 27-56 in their last 83 overall. The Predators are 36-17 in their last 53 home games and 38-18 in their last 56 games as a favorite. The over is 14-5-1 in Blackhawks last 20 overall. The under is 5-0 in Predators last 5 overall. The Blackhawks are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in Nashville and 7-20 in the last 27 meetings.

The Chicago Blackhawks are back to their consistent losing ways, and they’re playing a Predators team that’s owned them over the years. The Nashville Predators are inching closer and closer toward a playoff spot, and they’ve been dominant in the home favorite role dating back to last season. The Predators need to take full advantage of games like this. I’ll take the home team and the PL for max betting value.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick:
Nashville Predators -1.5
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