Nashville Predators at Chicago Blackhawks
|Date & Time||Wednesday January 9, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)|
Over: 6 (+118) / Under: 6 (-147)
The Nashville Predators and the Chicago Blackhawks meet in NHL action from the United Center on Wednesday night.
The Nashville Predators will look to build some steam after back-to-back wins following a 4-0 beatdown of Toronto in their last outing. The game was a scoreless tie after the opening 20 minutes before Mattias Ekholm and P.K. Subban scored to give the Preds a 2-0 lead at the 2nd intermission. It was smooth sailing for Nashville in the 3rd but for good measure, Colton Sissons and Kevin Fiala scored 1:59 apart to secure the win and seal the deal for Nashville in the victory. Pekka Rinne got the win to improve to 16-10-2 this season, stopping all 18 shots faced in the winning effort for his 3rd shutout of the season.
The Chicago Blackhawks will look to rebound after a 4-3 loss to the Calgary Flames in their last outing. It was a back and forth affair that saw Calgary jump out to an early lead that Patrick Kane would negate with a goal with 3:26 to go in the opening period. Chicago took the lead thanks to a goal from Alex DeBrincat before Calgary tied the game at 2-2 after 40 minutes of play. The Flames took a 3-2 lead in the opening minute of the 3rd, and added an empty-netter with less than a minute to go to make it 4-2. Brandon Saad pulled a goal back on the power-play with :29 to go, but it was too little too late as Chicago went home empty-handed with the loss. Collin Delia took the loss, falling to 3-1-1 after allowing 3 goals on 42 shots in the losing effort.
Nashville is 1-5 in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record and 4-1 in their last 5 games overall while the under is 15-5-1 in their last 21 Wednesday games. Chicago is 25-52 in their last 77 games overall and 3-8 in their last 11 home games while the over is 11-4 in their last 15 games against the Western Conference. Nashville is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams but are just 4-11 in the last 15 meetings between these two teams in Chicago.
Nashville is probably the better team here, and are fresh off of a pair of road wins over Montreal and one of the best in the NHL in Toronto. However, I need to see more consistent play on the road before laying this kind of juice with the Predators. On the other hand, Chicago has had lots of success against Nashville at home, but haven’t done enough to warrant a play here even with the plus money. Instead, I’m going to side with the under. It’s been a common trend when these two meet, with the under hitting in 6 of the last 10 meetings with another 3 ending as a push, including 4 of the last 5 in Chicago. Both teams have been experiencing some solid goaltending as of late, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see another low-scoring affair here.