In a game that features two squads that have put themselves firmly in playoff contention, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Nashville Predators clash at Bridgestone Arena in a Central Division matchup. The match gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 28, and you can see the game live on NBC Sports Network.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators Odds
The Predators are 14-9 straight up (SU) and have earned 4.8 units for moneyline bettors this year. That winning percentage, ranked third in the Central Division so far this season, is an improvement compared to what the team managed during last years regular season (41-41). Of the teams 23 games this season, 12 have gone over the total, while 11 have gone under and none have pushed. The teams 8-2 SU at home this season.
Nashville enters the matchup with the third-strongest power-play unit in the NHL, as the team has found the net on 25.6 percent of their extra-man advantages this season. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked ninth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 83.8 percent of all penalties.
Nashville, as a collective unit, has been whistled for penalties 5.7 times per game overall this season, and 5.0 per game over its last five at home. The team has been forced to kill penalties for 12.8 minutes per game over its last five home outings.
Boasting a .927 save percentage and 29.4 saves per game, Pekka Rinne (13-5-2) has been the primary option in goal for the Predators this season. If they decide to give him a breather, however, head coach Peter Laviolette may turn to Juuse Saros (1-4-4 record, .870 save percentage, 3.71 goals against average).
The Preds will continue looking for offensive production via Filip Forsberg and P.K. Subban. Forsberg (24 points) has tallied 11 goals and 13 assists and has recorded two or more points in seven different games this year. Subban has four goals and 14 assists to his name and has recorded a point in 13 games.
On the other bench, Chicago is 12-11 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.4 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. Through 23 regular season outings, 11 of its games have gone under the total, while 10 have gone over and just one has pushed. As the road team, Chicago is 6-6 SU so far.
Chicago has converted on 18.1 percent of its power play chances this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 10th overall and it’s successfully killed off 83.3 percent of all opponent power plays.
Chicago’s skaters have been penalized 4.1 times per game in total this season, and 3.4 per game over their last five on the road. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 6.8 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Corey Crawford (.933 save percentage and 2.21 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Chicago. Crawford is averaging 29.1 saves per game and owns an 11-9-1 record.
Patrick Kane (nine goals, 16 assists) has been one of the top playmakers on offense for the visiting Blackhawks.
Chicago Blackhawks at Nashville Predators Betting Picks
Predictions: SU Winner – Blackhawks, O/U – Under
- The over has hit in three of Nashville’s last five games.
- The Blackhawks have averaged the leagues fourth-most shots on goal (34.8) and Nashville has attempted the 30th-most (only 29.4).
- Over Nashville’s last ten outings, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 5-1 in those games).