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Predators Look to Close out Series as Home Faves Over 'Hawks

On the verge of an embarrassing sweep from the playoffs, the Chicago Blackhawks will attempt to become the fourth team in NHL history to come back from a 3-0 playoff series deficit. Updated series prices had the ’Hawks as +750 in the best-of-seven but considering they’ll have to win four straight games, and two in Nashville – those odds are garbage.

SHARK BITES
  • The Blackhawks are 0-7 SU and 2-5 on the puckline in their last 7 games overall.
  • The Predators averaged 3.20 goals per game in Nashville in the regular season.
  • Pekka Rinne has a .979 save percentage and 0.61 goals-against average this postseason.

Oddsmakers opened the Blackhawks as +105 underdogs – crazy. If you’d been given those odds a week ago, you would’ve been laughing all the way to the bank to take out a line of credit to put on Chicago. With that analysis, it would sound like I’m backing the ’Hawks tonight but considering how good the Preds have looked, I have my worries.

Nashville racked up 49 shots in Game 3 and despite it being the closest contest yet, it’s given me confidence that the Preds can close it out in Smashville this evening.

If that’s going to happen, Pekka Rinne will have to continue to be Nashville’s star and the Preds will have to keep up the scoring trend at Bridgestone Arena that made them one of the best home teams in the league – offensively.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

If you're backing the visiting Chicago Blackhawks in this one, they Blackhawks listed earlier today as underdogs of 750 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Those over/under total betting saw the number open in the area of 5, depending on the book.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 4.7-0.9 result in favor of the Predators. 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 Chicago Blackhawks will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 50-25-10 this season, while the Predators are 44-29-12. Chicago is 37-33-15 on the totals; Nashville is 41-36-8. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Nashville vs Chicago injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 22 (Nashville Predators) and the No. 23 (Chicago Blackhawks) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Nashville's No. 10-ranked offense, averaging 2.93 goals per game, against a Blackhawks defense that ranks No. 12 at 2.61 goals allowed. The Predators power play is averaging 18.87% while the Blackhawks defense kills off 77.67% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Chicago was a 3-2 loser in its last match on the road against the Predators. They lost as +102 underdogs, while the total score of 5 made winners of PUSH bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Chicago is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Chicago is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
  • Chicago is 13-5 ATS in its last 18 games on the road
  • Chicago is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • Nashville is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Nashville is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • Nashville is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Nashville's last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Chicago home to Nashville, Saturday, April 22nd

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