Nashville Predators vs. Chicago Blackhawks Betting Preview 2/21/20

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Roman Josi, Filip Forsberg, and the Nashville Predators will do battle against Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center in a divisional matchup. The match gets underway at 8:30 p.m. ET on Friday, February 21, and fans at home can view the game live on NBC Sports Chicago.

Nashville Predators at Chicago Blackhawks Odds

Nashville (-140) is currently favored over Chicago (+120), and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 7 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -125 for the under and +105 for the over.

Nashville is 29-30 straight up (SU) and has lost 12.4 units for moneyline bettors this year. 33 of its contests have gone over the total, while 25 have gone under and just one has pushed. As the away team this season, the Preds are 16-14 SU.

Nashville has converted on just 16.4 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that’s ranked 24th in the NHL. Its penalty kill is ranked 32nd in the league, and it’s successfully killed off only 74.3 percent of its penalties..

With a .898 save percentage and 24.7 saves per game, Pekka Rinne (18-16-3) has been the best option in goal for Nashville this season. If head coach John Hynes decides to rest him, however, the team might turn to Juuse Saros (11-20-4 record, .903 save percentage, 2.96 goals against average).

On the other bench, Chicago is 26-34 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.8 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 60 regular season matches, 30 of its games have gone under the total, while 29 have gone over and just one has pushed. It’s 12-17 SU as the home team this year.

The Blackhawks have converted on just 13.7 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that places them in the bottom overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 14th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 81.6 percent of all opponent power plays.

Robin Lehner (32.1 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for the Blackhawks. Lehner has 16 wins, 17 losses, and six overtime losses and has registered a pedestrian 3.01 goals against average and a .918 save percentage this year.

Nashville Predators vs. Chicago Blackhawks Betting Picks

Pick: SU Winner – Blackhawks, O/U – Over

Betting Trends

  • The Blackhawks are 3-4 in games decided by a shootout this season while the Predators are 2-3 in shootouts.
  • For both of these clubs, the over has hit in three of their last five outings.
  • Nashville’s attempted 33.0 shots per game overall this season (the second-most in the NHL), and 33.0 in its last five road games.
  • Over Nashville’s last ten games, four of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 1-3 in those games).
  • The Blackhawks this season have registered the ninth-most hits per game in the NHL (22.6).