The Blackhawks will be up against the Nashville Predators (34-24-7), who are three places above the Blackhawks on fifth. The Predators are on an impressive three-game winning run and are coming off a narrow 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Kiefer Sherwood and Thomas Novak were the two players who guided their team to a win with a goal each.
The Chicago Blackhawks (23-38-6) are the worst-performing team in the Central Division of the Western Conference. They surprised everyone with a win against one of the best teams in the league, the Boston Bruins (6-3). Taylor Raddysh had a brilliant game on the night, scoring three times while having three shots on goal.
The Predators will now host the game at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, March 16th, where they will look to secure their fourth consecutive win. The Blackhawks have a chance to get their second straight win as well.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators: Betting Odds
|Chicago Blackhawks||+220||+1.5 (-110)||O 6 (+100)|
|Nashville Predators||-270||-1.5 (-110)||U 6 (-120)|
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators: Key Stats
The Blackhawks are the worst team in the league when it comes to offense, averaging only 2.5 goals per game. Defensively, they are not good either, conceding 3.5 goals per game. They have scored a total of 171 goals while conceding 239, a difference of -68. On top of all this, they are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games.
As far as Nashville is concerned, they are a little better in offense compared to Chicago, averaging 2.8 goals per game. On the defensive front, the Predators are doing a lot better, conceding only 2.9 goals per game, 12th in the league. The team has a goal difference of only -2 as they have scored 188 goals while conceding 190 in 65 games.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators: Match Details
Fixture: Chicago Blackhawks @ Nashville Predators
Date & Time: Thursday, March 16, 8:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators: Pick
Cody Glass seems to be back in form for the Predators. In 55 games that he has played this season, Glass has a total of nine goals along with 17 assists. His record against Chicago is pretty average, which includes two assists in six games. This is something he would like to improve on tonight with a goal to his tally as well.
Best Pick: Cody Glass Anytime Scorer -165
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators: Prediction
The Predators have a 2-0 advantage over the Blackhawks in their previous two encounters this season. This is a great chance to make it 3-0 at home as they have a positive record of 17-11-2. History suggests that the majority of games at the Bridgestone Arena have been below the total mark between the two teams. Nashville is still in the hunt for the playoffs whereas the Blackhawks have no chance. There is a possibility of the Predators playing with a defensive approach. Expect a low-scoring encounter tonight.