Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators - 2/21/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators - 2/21/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction Photo by David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators at Chicago Blackhawks

Friday, February 21, 2020 at 8:30 PM (United Center)

Nashville Predators at Chicago Blackhawks

TV: NSCH, FSTN

The Nashville Predators and Chicago Blackhawks meet Friday in NHL action at the United Center.

The Nashville Predators need a win after splitting their last six games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 16.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 18 goals, Roman Josi has 43 assists and Craig Smith has 147 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 74.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 95 goals on 935 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed 83 goals on 854 shots. The Nashville Predators have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 12 games.

The Chicago Blackhawks need a win after losing seven of their last eight games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 13.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 27 goals, Erik Gustafsson has 20 assists and Alex DeBrincat has 169 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 81.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 84 goals on 953 shots faced and Robin Lehner has allowed 94 goals on 1,152 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 10 games.

The Predators are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Chicago and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The favorite is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Chicago Blackhawks appear to be running out of gas and are back to playing leaky defense which has led to a lot of these losses over the last two weeks. But instead of picking a side, I'll lean toward the over, as five of the last seven meetings between the Predators and Blackhawks have produced seven goals. The over has cashed in four of the last five meetings between these clubs. The last five meetings are averaging 6.2 goals. Give me the over. 

Randy’s Pick over 5.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.