Chicago Blackhawks (4-0-1) at Nashville Predators (4-0-2)
|Date & Time||Thursday October 23, 2014, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Nashville Predators +118 / Chicago Blackhawks -130 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators will square off Thursday at the Bridgestone Arena.
The Chicago Blackhawks have gotten off to a fast 4-0-1 start and have won two straight. The Blackhawks have been great at both ends of the ice but it’s their goaltending that’s really led the charge. Corey Crawford has allowed seven goals on 95 shots and Antti Raanta hasn’t allowed a goal on 32 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have won eight of their last nine games when allowing two or less goals. Crawford is expected to miss this game with an upper-body injury. Offensively, the Blackhawks are ninth in the league with an average of three goals per game and have scored at least one power play goal in four of their five games. Patrick Kane leads the way with three goals, Patrick Sharp has 29 shots on goal and Jonathan Toews has four assists.
The Nashville Predators are a solid 4-0-2 and hope to redeem themselves from a 2-1 overtime loss loss Saturday to the Chicago Blackhawks. Like Chicago, the Predators have relied on great goaltending, as Pekka Rinne has allowed eight goals on 133 shots and Carter Hutton has allowed two goals on 37 shots. The Nashville Predators are fifth in the league with an average of 1.7 goals allowed and have won eight of their last nine games when allowing two or less goals. Offensively, Mike Ribeiro and Shea Weber each have three goals, Filip Forsberg has four assists and James Neal leads Nashville with 20 shots on goal. The one area the Predators could use some work is their power play, as they’ve scored just one power play goal in their last five games.
The Blackhawks are 10-3 in their last 13 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-13 in their last 18 road games. The Predators are 5-0 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 6-2 in their last 8 vs. Western Conference.
We're getting the home team and the plus money against a Blackhawks squad that's going to have its backup goalie in net. Yeah, I'll take my chaces with the Predators and the value.