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United Center Has Been a House of Horrors for the Predators

A Central Division battle in the NHL playoffs pits the first-place Blackhawks against the Predators in a matchup Chicago completely dominated in the regular season to the tune of a 4-1 straight-up record. Losing the final four meetings against the ’Hawks and qualifying in the second wild-card spot, Nashville will be a heavy betting underdog in Game 1 and in the series.

  • The Predators are 1-9 SU in their last 10 games on the road against the Blackhawks.
  • The total has gone OVER in 11 of the Blackhawks' last 12 games against their division.
  • The Predators are 3-7 SU in their last 10 games on the road against teams with winning records.

If this were 2016, the Blackhawks might be a little more nervous about this impending matchup but with no Shea Weber patrolling the blueline for the Preds, the talented Chicago forwards will have plenty of room to play with and this series could be over in a hurry if the team formerly known as Smashville can’t keep up offensively.

Although they struggled down the stretch, there should be no doubt about what the ’Hawks are capable of. They rested players to get them ready for the postseason and Joel Quenneville is known to roll a much tighter rotation when there’s a Stanley Cup on the line.

The Blackhawks were excellent vs division opponents all season, going 19-10 straight up as well as 18-11 on the puckline against them and should have no problem getting it done at the United Center this evening. If you’re reaching for value, the puckline is always an attractive option.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to side with the Chicago Blackhawks in this one found them earlier as -163 favorites on the NHL money line at Bet365. Betting the over under total instead? It was hovering near 5.5 at its open earlier today at BetOnline and may have moved.

Odds Shark score prediction models pick a 3-2.6 result in favor of the Predators today. 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 sport a record of 50-23-9 heading into this matchup, while the Nashville Predators sit at 41-29-12 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 37-32-13 for the Blackhawks and 41-35-6 for the Predators. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Chicago vs Nashville injuries news.

It's an NHL hockey betting matchup between the No. 23-rated Chicago Blackhawks and the No. 22-ranked Nashville Predators, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Chicago Blackhawks No. 9-ranked offense (2.98 goals per game) against a Nashville Predators defense that ranks No. 15 at 2.73 goals per game allowed. The Blackhawks powerplay has clicked at a 18.03% rate while the Predators have a 81.25% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Predators were a 2-1 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Jets. That made winners of bettors who got Winnipeg at -105 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for OVER bettors.

The Blackhawks were a 3-2 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Kings. That made winners of bettors who got Los Angeles at -124 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Nashville is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Nashville's last 8 games
  • Nashville is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
  • Nashville is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Chicago is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • Chicago is 8-15 ATS in its last 23 games at home
  • Chicago is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chicago's last 9 games at home

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Nashville at Chicago, Saturday, April 15th