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Preds Struggling Versus Central Division

Pekka Rinne Nashville Predators Patrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks NHL

The Nashville Predators are on track to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but if they do not start winning games against teams within their own division, they could be in danger of missing out. The Preds, a terrible wager versus the Central Division, start a three-game stretch versus division rivals with a trip to the Windy City to face the Chicago Blackhawks Thursday night.

Shark Bites
  • The Predators are 1-4 SU in their last five games versus the Blackhawks.
  • UNDER is 5-0 in the Predators’ last five games.
  • The Blackhawks are 18-7 SU in their last 25 games.

Online shop Bovada is offering the Blackhawks as -155 moneyline favorites while the Predators are +125. The total is tabbed at 5 goals with OVER currently -135 and UNDER presently +105.

With a record of 6-11-3 SU within the Central, the Predators have the worst record against division rivals among that group. They still sit fourth in the division with 69 points – 10 back of the St. Louis Blues – and if the playoffs started today, they would be in.

The Preds have 21 games remaining and nine of those are against division rivals so they need to start performing better within their group. They’ve lost back-to-back contests versus teams from the Central and have gone just 2-9 SU in their last 11 versus the division.

The Blackhawks have absolutely owned the Predators on home ice recently, posting a 7-0 SU record in their last seven meetings. The Hawks have gone just 5-4 SU in nine games since the All-Star break and were thumped 6-1 by the Minnesota Wild in an outdoor game on Sunday.

Chicago has been jockeying for position with the Dallas Stars atop the Central recently and will look to keep up with a win Thursday. The fact that the Preds have been abhorrent in recent trips to Chicago certainly does not bode well for the visitor tonight.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to side with the Chicago Blackhawks in this one found them earlier as -160 favorites on the NHL money line at Bet365. Betting the over under total instead? It was hovering near 5 at its open earlier today at BetOnline and may have moved.

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 4.1-1.3 victory for the Predators. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Nashville Predators vs Chicago Blackhawks Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Chicago Blackhawks bring a 38-19-5 record to the battle against the 29-21-11 Predators. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Chicago go 22-28-12 so far and the Predators go 21-27-13. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Chicago vs Nashville injuries news.

This game puts the Chicago Blackhawks, most recently No. 7 in the Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Nashville Predators, who rate a No. 12 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Chicago's No. 8-ranked offense, averaging 2.84 goals per game, against a Predators defense that ranks No. 11 at 2.57 goals allowed. The Blackhawks power play is averaging 23.37% while the Predators defense kills off 79.01% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Predators were a 3-2 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Maple Leafs. That made winners of bettors who got Nashville at -161 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for OVER bettors.

In their last action, Chicago was a 6-1 loser on the road against the Wild. Bettors on Minnesota at -101 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Betting Trends
  • Nashville is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Nashville's last 5 games
  • Nashville is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Nashville's last 6 games on the road
  • Chicago is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
  • Chicago is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games
  • Chicago is 14-5 SU in its last 19 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Nashville home to St. Louis, Saturday, February 27th
Chicago home to Washington, Sunday, February 28th

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