Hockey betting news… After a wild, seesaw victory in Game 5, the Blackhawks will look to close out the Predators in Music City and advance to the conference semifinals for the second straight year. While the Nashville Predators are being optimistic, just as they have all season in their improbable run to the playoffs.
Yes, they blew the chance to go up 3-2 in their opening-round series with the Blackhawks along with the opportunity to return home to clinch a trip to the Western Conference semifinals for the first time in the franchise’s history. Despite the devastating loss in Game 5, the Predators can lean on having shown a remarkable amount of character as it attempts to keep its season alive.
The Predators could easily have folded while facing a two-goal deficit in the hostile United Center, but a rally capped by two goals from Martin Erat showed their offense still has some punch even without regular season goal-scoring leader Patric Hornqvist, who has missed the last four games.
A big key will be the Blackhawks ability to continue killing penalties. The Predators are 0 of 21 on the power play in this series, a drought that reaches 1 of 40 against the Blackhawks counting the regular season. Madden said they’re seeing the Predators try new approaches trying to score that first power-play goal this postseason. The Blackhawks also expect the Predators to come out flying.
The Blackhawks: 52-22-8
The Predators: 47-29-6
The Blackhawks lately:
While playing on Monday’s they are 6-4
Before playing Edmonton they were 5-5
After playing the Predators they are 7-3
After a win they are now 6-4
The Predators lately:
When playing on Monday’s they are 6-4
Before playing Minnesota they were 8-2
After playing Blackhawks they are 4-6
After a loss they are now 8-2
The Predators at the Blackhawks, on Wednesday, April 28
The Blackhawks are solid 63.8 percent favorites over the Predators. The Blackhawks are favored as they have a +4 edge in shots on goal and are projected for 34 shots on goal vs 30 shots for the Predators. The Predators goalie(s) have the edge in save percentage at 90.5% compared to the Blackhawks goalie(s) who have a forecasted save percentage of 91.7%.
NHL Odds Makers have the lines at present for the Blackhawks -1 ½ (+200) and the Predators +1 ½(-240) and the Total – Over 5 (-135) the Under 5 (+115) and the Blackhawks are -155 and the Predators are +135 on the Money Line.