The Nashville Predators (12-12-0) travel to face off against the Chicago Blackhawks (7-16-0) on Tuesday, December 5th. This game will be played at United Center in Chicago and televised on NBCS. The Predators are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Blackhawks are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Wild. Puck drop is set for 8:30 ET.
Nashville Predators vs Chicago Blackhawks
The Nashville Predators Are Coming Off A Win
So far this season, the Predators have an overall record of 12-12-0. Currently, they are 4-6-0 on the road, and carry a two game road win streak into the game. Their current record places them 6th in the Western Central division and 9th in the Western conference. Looking at Nashville’s average scoring margin, it is .0, which has led to a puck line record of 13-11. When playing at home, their scoring margin is .0, and on the road, it is -0.1.
The Predators most recently took on the Sabres and secured a win with a score of 2-1. In the first period on offense, the Predators managed to score two times, but that turned out to be the only scoring they could muster for the entire game. All two goals came at even strength. They finished with 29 shots on goal and had 2 turnovers.
Nashville was the underdog going into the game and picked up a win against the puck line. The game finished below the over/under line of 6.5 with a combined total of 3 goals.
The Chicago Blackhawks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
This season, the Blackhawks have put together an overall record of 7-16-0. When playing on the road, Chicago has gone 4-10-0, while their home record stands at 3-6-0. They are currently positioned 8th in the Western Central division and 15th in the Western conference. Chicago has four wins by more than one goals and dropped 13 games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record is 10-13 this season.
Following a 4-1 loss on the road to the Wild, the Blackhawks are eager to bounce back. During the initial two periods, the Blackhawks struggled offensively and remained without a goal, but they finally broke through with one goal in the third period. Their one goal came during a power play situation. In total, they took 29 shots on goal and had 3 giveaways.
Chicago entered as the underdog and suffered both a straight-up loss and did not cover the puck line. The game finished below the over/under line of 6.5 with a combined total of 5 goals.
Nashville Offense Breakdown
In terms of their offensive performance, the Predators are averaging 3.2 goals per game this season, putting them in the 14th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 12th in the league. Nashville’s offense is currently ranked 10th in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 10th in the league.
The Predators’ over/under record this season is 11-9-4. For the season, they have had 14 games failing to surpass this game’s over/under line of 6.5. Overall, their games are averaging 6.4 goals per game.
Chicago Offense Breakdown
On the offensive side, the Blackhawks are scoring an 2.4 goals per game this season, ranking 30th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 29th in the league. Coming into the game, the Blackhawks have 1-4 record when they have more shots on goal than their opponent. When they have fewer shots on goal, they are 6-10.
This season, the Blackhawks’ have an over/under record of 9-13-1. Throughout the season, they have played 14 games that did not exceed the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.1 goals per game.
Nashville Team Defense
The Predators defense is currently 17th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.1 shots per game against Nashville. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 15th with 1 shutouts.
Chicago Team Defense
The Blackhawks’ defense comes into the game with a ranking of 4th in takeaways and an average of 8.5 takeaways per contest. They hold 14th place in the NHL for goals allowed, with an average of 3.5 goals given up per game.
Predators vs Blackhawks Trends
- The Predators are 2-1 puck line in their three last road games and 2-1 straight-up.
- Through their last five home games, Chicago has an puck line record of just 0-5. However, their overall record was 0-5 while averaging 1 goals per game.
- Spanning across their last five games as the betting underdog, the Blackhawks have gone 1-4 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 1-4.
- Going back to their previous five games as the favorite, Nashville has an puck line mark of 1-4 while going 2-3 straight up.
For those seeking a straight moneyline bet, the Predators are the top choice. Nonetheless, with a payout of -184, you might want to use this bet as a part of a parlay to get better odds.
When it comes to my suggested pick for the puck line, I’d advise taking the Blackhawks to cover. Even in the event of a Predators victory, this matchup is likely to remain closely contested, and the Blackhawks should cover the puck line.
When considering the over/under line, which is currently at 6.5 goals, we believe that this game will go over that threshold, and we recommend wagering on the over.
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