Nashville Predators at Chicago Blackhawks - 4/23/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Nashville Predators at Chicago Blackhawks - 4/23/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Blackhawks (22-20-5) vs Nashville Predators (25-21-2)

Game Info: Friday, April 23, 2021 at 8:00 pm (United Center)

Betting Odds: Chicago Blackhawks +108 / Nashville Predators -119 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Nashville Predators and the Chicago Blackhawks meet in NHL action from the United Center on Friday night.

The Nashville Predators will look to bounce back from a 5-4 loss to the Blackhawks in their last matchup. Filip Forsberg and Roman Josi each have 29 points with Forsberg logging 11 goals and 18 assists while Josi has a team-high 23 assists. Viktor Arvidsson, Mikael Granlund and Calle Jarnkrok each have double-digit goals and assists this season, with Granlund and Jarnkrok each logging a team-high 12 goals. Eell Toivanen has 11 goals as well for the Preds this season. As a team, Nashville is averaging 2.6 goals on 29.6 shots with an 18.2% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.8 goals on 31 shots with a 75% success rate killing off penalties this season.

The Chicago Blackhawks will look to build on their win over the Predators last time out. Patrick Kane leads the Blackhawks in scoring with 58 points with 15 goals and a team-high 43 assists while Alex DeBrincat has a team-high 23 goals with 21 assists. Dominik Kubalik and Pius Suter each have double-digit goal and assist marks as well this season. As a team, Chicago is averaging 2.8 goals per game on 29.4 shots with a 23.6% success rate on the power play while allowing 3.1 goals on 33 shots against with a 75.8% success rate on the PK this season.

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Nashville is 5-1 in their last 6 road games and 13-3 in their last 16 games as a favorite while the over is 3-0-2 in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record. Chicago is 1-4 in their last 5 games overall and 1-5 in their last 6 games following a win while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 home games. The home team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.

I get the case that could be made for either side here, especially on the total as both teams have had their scoring mitts on lately. However, both teams need to shore up the defensive efforts if they’re going to continue the playoff push and I just don’t see a high-scoring matchup here. Give me the under.

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