Nashville Predators (22-10-2) at Chicago Blackhawks (10-19-6)
|Date & Time||Tuesday December 18, 2018, 8:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks +138 / Nashville Predators -180 --- Over/Under: 6
The Nashville Predators and Chicago Blackhawks meet Tuesday in NHL action at the United Center.
The Nashville Predators look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 14.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 14 goals, Ryan Johansen has 21 assists and Roman Josi has 122 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 82.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 41 goals on 580 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed 38 goals on 356 shots. The Nashville Predators have allowed three or more goals in six of their last 10 games.
The Chicago Blackhawks could use a feel good victory here after losing 10 of their last 11 games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 11.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Jonathan Toews leads Chicago with 16 goals, Patrick Kane has 23 assists and Alex DeBrincat has 95 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.8 goals per game and are killing 71.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 71 goals on 722 shots faced and Cam Ward has allowed 55 goals on 470 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed three or more goals in each of their last 14 games.
The Predators are 9-3 in their last 12 games playing on 0 days rest, 0-6 in their last 6 road games and 48-23 in their last 71 overall. The Blackhawks are 0-6 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest, 1-5 in their last 6 home games and 19-48 in their last 67 overall. The Predators are 4-10 in the last 14 meetings in Chicago and 7-2 in the last 9 meetings. The over is 4-0 in Blackhawks last 4 overall. The over is 4-1 in Predators last 5 road games.
The Nashville Predators can't win on the road for whatever reason and are now playing on the end of back to back road games. However, the Predators have had success playing on the end of back to backs, so they have that going for them. The Chicago Blackhawks have simply been fade material nearly all season long and things haven't been much better on their home ice. It was worth considering the Blackhawks and the plus money, but you're talking about a team that's been horrible defensively and has been burning money at a crazy rate all year. I have no choice but to back the Preds in this contest.