Before their 2-1 loss to the Canadiens Thursday night, the Predators had cashed 11 straight OVER bets, a streak during which their games averaged a total of 8 goals per contest. This is important because the team they’ll play tonight, the Blackhawks, have cashed OVERs in nine of their last 12 contests and their tilt at Bridgestone Arena this evening opened with a total of just 5.5.
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- The Predators top line has combined for 27 points in their last 6 games.
- The Blackhawks have won 11 of their last 12 games and are 8-4 on the puckline in those games.
- The OVER is 2-0-1 in these team’s last 3 matchups and the ‘Hawks are 3-0 SU.
Not only did that buzzkill by Carey Price and the Habs stop the Preds’ OVER streak, it also stopped a four-game win streak for Nashville and temporarily slowed the roll of Filip Forsberg, who had 10 goals in the previous five games on just 18 shots. Nashville’s offense has been basically unstoppable since the all-star break, scoring 3.21 goals per contest while peppering opposing netminders with more than 32 shots on average.
Those numbers match up pretty with the Blackhawks’ as the team from the Windy City is averaging over four goals a game since the break with Patrick Kane leading the way with seven goals in his last four games. Kaner had 16 points in the month of February and in doing so has caught a lot of ground on Connor McDavid in the Art Ross race.
I like the OVER tonight and I like it a lot. Even if the number was six or 6.5 I’d be fine with laying down a pretty good wager here – depending on the juice.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
The Nashville Predators were listed earlier today as -128 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds – Shark (including Bovada), while odds makers set the opening betting total around 5.5.
Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 3.5-2 win for the Blackhawks. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.
Chicago Blackhawks vs Nashville Predators Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Predators sit at 32-23-9 on the season; in comparison, the Chicago Blackhawks are currently 41-18-5. Looking to wager on the totals? Nashville is 35-25-4 OU, and Chicago is 28-25-11 OU. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Nashville vs Chicago injuries news.
This game puts the Nashville Predators, most recently No. 5 in the Odds – Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Chicago Blackhawks, who rate a No. 9 in the latest survey.
The game also pits Nashville’s No. 9-ranked offense, averaging 2.95 goals per game, against a Blackhawks defense that ranks No. 6 at 2.52 goals allowed. The Predators power play is averaging 20.87% while the Blackhawks defense kills off 76.65% of their penalties.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
In their last action, Chicago was a 2-1 winner at home against the Islanders. Bettors on Chicago at -175 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.
In their last action, Nashville was a 2-1 loser on the road against the Canadiens. Bettors on Montreal at -122 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.
- Nashville is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 11 of Nashville’s last 12 games
- Nashville is 7-16 ATS in its last 23 games at home
- Nashville is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Chicago home to Anaheim, Thursday, March 9th
Nashville at Anaheim, Tuesday, March 7th