Are the Predators a safe NHL betting pick for Wednesday night?

Predators vs Blackhawks NHL Odds & Expert Pick

Written by on January 9, 2019

One of the top teams in the Central Division clashes with one of the worst teams in the Central when the Nashville Predators head to Chicago to take on the Blackhawks. Along with Winnipeg, Nashville sits at the top of the Central while the Chicago Blackhawks are towards the bottom. Will Nashville show why they’re a Stanley Cup contender? Or, will Chicago pull off the upset as a home dog?

Predators vs Blackhawks NHL Odds & Expert Pick

  • When: Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 8:00 pm ET
  • Where: United Center, Chicago, IL
  • TV: NBC Sports Net
  • Radio: Nashville / Chicago
  • Live Stream: NHL Live
  • Moneyline Odds: Nashville -185
  • Over/Under Total Odds: 6

Why Nashville Predators are a good bet -189?

The Predators have played great hockey lately. They’ve gone 4-1 with their only loss being 3-4 in overtime to the Detroit Red Wings. The Preds head to Chicago off two straight road wins, 4-1 over Montreal and 4-0 over Toronto.

Nashville had a winning road record of 11-8-2. They’re just the better team in this matchup on Wednesday. They’ll show it by beating the Blackhawks.

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Goals For: 3.0
  • Shots For: 32.5
  • Power Plays: 15.1%
  • Face-Offs: 51.6%
Defense:
  • Goals Against: 2.5
  • Shots Against: 38.5
  • Penalty Kills: 82%
  • Shutouts: 5

Why Chicago Blackhawks are a good bet +155?

Are the Blackhawks a safe bet in the NHL odds for Wednesday?

The Blackhawks haven’t been in great form, going 1-3 in their last 4, but could turn it around against the Nashville Predators on Jan. 9.

The last time Chicago battled Nashville, they won 2-1. Before their current troubles, the Blackhawks had won 5-of-6. They can produce a winning performance on Wednesday night.

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Goals For: 2.9
  • Shots For: 31.5
  • Power Plays: 16.3%
  • Face-Offs: 49.7%
Defense:
  • Goals Against: 3.6
  • Shots Against: 34.8
  • Penalty Kills: 73.9%
  • Shutouts: 1

NHL Betting Trends for Predators vs Blackhawks

  • Nashville is 5-12 ATS in the last 17 games
  • Nashville is 4-1 SU in the last 5 games
  • The total went UNDER in 5 of Nashville’s last 6 games when playing Chicago
  • Chicago is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 games
  • Chicago is 7-14 SU in the last 21 games
  • The total went OVER in 15 of Chicago’s last 22 games

Predators vs Blackhawks Final NHL Betting Analysis

This is the case of a hot team against a cold team. The trends don’t exactly favor the hot team, though. Nashville almost never has success when taking on the Blackhawks in Chicago. Not only that, but the Predators face the Blackhawks in their fourth straight game on the road.

Nashville’s the better team. They might be an underlay at the odds because Chicago shouldn’t be an over +150 home dog. The Blackhawks took down the Predators the last time they faced them. That match was back on Dec. 18. It wasn’t too long ago while the home team is 6-2 in the last 8. Backing the home dog.

NHL Betting Pick: Chicago Blackhawks +155

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