Chicago Blackhawks vs Nashville Predators: Preview and Pick

Chicago Blackhawks vs Nashville Predators: Preview and Pick

Blackhawks vs Predators

Overall NHL Record: 2-1 +.75 units

Chicago Blackhawks (4-0-1) vs Nashville Predators (4-0-2)

The Blackhawks will travel to Nashville for the first game of a short road trip. Corey Crawford did not make the trip, so Antti Raanta will make his second consecutive start for the Blackhawks. Raanta shut out the Flyers in his first start of the year. Last year against Nashville, Raanta went 1-1-0.  Pekka Rinne will be in net for Nashville. In 4 home starts this year, Rinne has a 1.92 GAA with a .922 save %. Last year, Rinne went 3-0-0 against the Blackhawks with a 2.33 GAA.

Stats

Chicago

GF/GA: 3.2/1.4

Shots on Goal: 40.6

Shots on Goal Against: 25.4

Power Plays: 5.0/game with a 20% success rate

Penalty Kill: 3.4/game with a 88.2% success rate

Nashville

GF/GA: 2.7/1.8

Shots on Goal: 27.3

Shots on Goal Against: 28.3

Power Plays: 3.5/game with a 9.5% success rate

Penalty Kill: 3.7/game with a 81.1% success rate

Trends

Games Played in Nashville over the past 3 seasons

CHICAGO is 3-2 (+0.2 Units) against the spread versus NASHVILLE over the last 3 seasons
CHICAGO is 3-2-0 straight up against NASHVILLE over the last 3 seasons
3 of 5 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+1.0 Units)

Prediction and Play

Nashville has been a tough place for opponents to play so far this year. Pekka Rinne has played well at home and has plenty of experience against Chicago. Antti Raanta has also seen Nashville twice in his short career. The only game that mattered, he won 3-1. The Blackhawks traditionally struggle on the first game of a road trip. No doubt Nashville has improved, but the price on the Blackhawks is too low not to continue riding them while they’re winning.

Play: Blackhawks -130

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