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NHL Odds - Predators vs Blackhawks NBCSN

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The Chicago Blackhawks were once the most popular NHL team on the board at Top rated sportsbooks. Indeed, the Hawks glory years were the most recent era that produced three Stanley Cup championships from 2010 to 2015. However, the Blackhawks are in such a state of decline that they had to fire the most successful coach in their history, Joel Quenneville. Since the firing of Quenneville last November the Blackhawks have confirmed that their problems were not the coach that led them to three championships but a lack of quality players and depth. The Nashville Predators are still a top tier contender for the Stanley Cup. As the best defensive team in the game they are a legit threat for hockey’s holy grail.

Nashville Predators vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Date and Time: Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 8 p.m. ET

Location: United Center, Chicago, Illinois

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Predators vs. Blackhawks TV Coverage: NBCSN

Nashville Predators Record and Metrics

Nashville has an Offshore sportsbooks record of 25-15-2-1 to stand in first place in the Central Division with the Winnipeg Jets right behind. The Predators have won three of their last four games with three of their last five matchups going over the total. However, the Predators have slumped badly in recent road games with 11 losses in their last 13 games on enemy ice. Seven of Nashville’s last 10 road games went over the total. The Preds have NHL rankings of 13th for goal scoring, 28th for the power play, first for goals against, and 10th for penalty killing.

Chicago Blackhawks Record and Metrics

Chicago has been in the red at Online sportsbooks with a record of 15-21-6-1. The Blackhawks have gone under the total in just 17 of their 43 games this season. Chicago is in sixth place ahead of only the St. Louis Blues in the Central Division and light years out of the final Western Conference wild card playoff spot. The Hawks have lost three of their last five games with just two of their last six games going over the total. Chicago has gushed red ink at the United Center with just four payouts in their last 18 home games. The Blackhawks have gone under the total in their last three home matchups. Chicago has poor NHL rankings of 19th for goal scoring, 24th for the power play, 29th for goals against, and 31st for the penalty kill.

Head to Head Series

The Predators have paid out in seven of their last ten games with the Blackhawks. Just one of the last ten meetings in this head to head series have gone over the total. Nashville has come away with the money in three of their last five visits to Chicago with just one of the last six meetings between these teams at United Center going over the total.

Predators to Watch

Nashville defensemen Roman Josi, Mattias Ekholm, Ryan Ellis and PK Subban make up the deepest and best blue line in the game.

Blackhawks to Watch

Center Jonathan Toews, AKA “Captain Serious” along with his long-time sidekick right winger Patrick Kane, continue to headline Chicago.

Between the Pipes

For the second consecutive season the Blackhawks face the prospect of top goaltender Corey Crawford being out indefinitely with concussion issues. Veteran Cam Ward offers no respite with a terrible .888 save percentage. Since being called up Collin Delia has been impressive with a .952 save percentage.

Goaltender Pekka Rinne is recovering nicely from being the goat of last year’s playoff failure against the Winnipeg Jets. Rinne has a .919 save percentage while backup Juuse Saros has posted a save percentage of .907.

Hockey Betting Picks

Predators vs. Blackhawks Betting Odds Free Picks

Nashville offers the best odds in this matchup. Their defense and goaltending is vastly superior and their overall lineup is far deeper. Chicago general manager Stan Bowman did a poor job of maintaining the supporting cast around Toews and Kane and that has come back to haunt the Blackhawks. Quenneville was made the scape goat but the jury of history has a verdict of Bowman bearing the most guilt for Chicago’s decline.

Predators vs. Blackhawks Betting Pick: Bet the Nashville Predators

Predators vs. Blackhawks Score Prediction: Predators 3, Blackhawks 1