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NHL Picks: Chicago Blackhawks vs Nashville Predators

by Alexander Banks on Thursday, February 14th, 2008

The Chicago Blackhawks roll into today after winning last night in NHL Picks action when they travel to take on the Nashville Predators.  This will be the final game of a long 7 game road trip for the Blackhawks where they have gone 2-4 thus far.  Yesterday’s win put Chicago at 25-25-0-6 on the season overall and are 27th in overall points in the NHL.  The win was their second in their last three games after going through a five game losing streak previously.  After ranking 8th in the NHL in scoring during the early part of the season the Chicago Blackhawks have really struggled offensively as they are now 15th scoring an average of 2.73 goals per game.  Their defense has also been performing poorly as they come into this game ranked only 21st giving up 2.84 goals per game while their starting goaltending sports only a 90% save percentage.  BetOnline.com has the Blackhawks listed as a rather large +170 underdog on the money line and +1.5/-175 on the puck line.

The Nashville Predators come into this NHL Picks contest sporting a two game winning streak including a win over the best team in NHL, Detroit Redwings, in their last game.  Last season the Predators were the class of the West sitting at the top spot in the conference before injuries dropped them to fourth overall.  Although going into the playoffs after a successful regular season the Predators didn’t last long as they were bounced out by the San Jose Sharks in the first round.  Although the Predators started off this season not quite as successful ranking 25th in total points they have since appeared to get back to last years form as they now rank 10th with a 30-22-0-6 mark.  Much of the success can be attributed to the rise of their defense.  After giving up an average of over 3 goals per game and ranking near the bottom they now average 2.62 goals per game and rank 10th.  In addition, their starting goaltending has a save percentage of 94% over their last four games.

The Predators have won 8 of their last 12 games overall including their last big win and that bodes well for Nashville backers as they are an impressive 31-7 ATS in home games after a win by 2 goals or more over the last 3 seasons.  The Blackhawks might have a tough time staying on track tonight as well as they are only 12-11 ATS in road games after having lost 4 or 5 of their last 6 games over the last 2 seasons, but it might be worth a shot considering them being such a large underdog.

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