The Nashville Predators (29-11-7) will look to beat the Chicago Blackhawks (23-19-7) for the seventh time in eight games on Tuesday when they host them as large home favorites in their first game after the NHL All-Star break.
The Predators swept the Blackhawks 4-0 in the first round of last year’s playoffs, and they have won two of the first three meetings this season.
Betting line: The Predators opened as -167 favorites (wager $167 to win $100); the total is at six goals, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. Line updates and matchup report.
NHL betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 4.3-1.3, Predators (NHL picks on every game)
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Why the Blackhawks can pay on the NHL lines
Chicago is fighting for the postseason from the start here and has little margin for error as the last-place team in the Central Division right now. The Blackhawks have the experience to make a run at one of the wild-card berths after finishing as the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference a year ago, but they need to win as many games as they can over the next month or so to prove themselves as a worthy contender.
The Blackhawks are coming off a 5-1 road win over the Detroit Red Wings before the break and only had leading scorer Patrick Kane represent them in the annual NHL All-Star Game.
Why the Predators can pay on the NHL lines
Nashville is in a comparable spot as Chicago was last season and just needs to keep winning as well in order to make a run at the top seed in the West. Like the Blackhawks, the Predators won their last game prior to the break, blanking the New Jersey Devils 3-0 on the road.
Nashville has also won six of its last seven following a two-game skid on the road, with the losses coming against the Vegas Golden Knights and Arizona Coyotes. Since then, the Predators have been involved in six one-goal games, winning five of them and losing once in overtime.
Smart betting pick
Chicago has been a much different team without goaltender Corey Crawford between the pipes, as he was playing near an All-Star level before suffering from a concussion and bouts of vertigo. It is expected to be Anton Forsberg in goal for the Blackhawks on Tuesday night, giving Nashville a huge edge in net with Pekka Rinne. That will help lead them to another victory.
NHL betting trends
Chicago is 1-4 in its last five games.
Chicago is 4-1 in its last five games on the road.
The total has gone under in seven of Nashville’s last 10 games.
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