Blackhawks vs Predators Picks and Predictions for January 27

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Updated: January 28, 2021

The Nashville Predators and Chicago Blackhawks went Under the total yesterday, but the two clubs had combined to go 6-4 O/U in their 10 games this season prior to that.

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The Nashville Predators will entertain the Chicago Blackhawks Wednesday night in what will be the second game of a back-to-back. The Predators trailed twice last night but managed to pick up the win thanks to a Roman Josi overtime winner.

Both teams will be playing their fourth game in six nights and likely starting their No. 1 goalies after both backups got the start last night.

NHL odds have the home team as a -175 favorite with the total opening at 6.

Here are our free picks and predictions for Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators for January 27 (7:30 ET).

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Injuries

Blackhawks: Alex DeBrincat F (Out), Brent Seabrook D (Out), Jonathan Toews F (Out), Kirby Dach F (Out), Adam Boqvist D (Out).
Predators: Calle Jarnkrok F (Out), Luca Sbisa D (Out).
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Betting Trend to Know

The Blackhawks are 5-2 O/U as a road underdog in their last seven matches. Find more NHL betting trends for Blackhawks vs. Predators.

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Nashville opened -186 on the FanDuel moneyline, stretched to -196 and receded to -180, all by this morning, and the number remains -180 at 5:30 p.m. ET, two hours before faceoff. The Predators are taking 67 percent of bets and 74 percent of money. The total opened at 6.5 (Under -120) and moved to 6.5 (Under -125), with 72 percent of bets/67 percent of dollars on the Under.

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Moneyline Pick

The Blackhawks were a big +155 road dog last night in the first game of a back-to-back set and held two separate one-goal leads. Unfortunately for them, Nashville directed 39 shots at goalie Malcolm Subban, out-chanced Chicago 40-17 and tied it up in the third before winning it in extra time.

Today, the Blackhawks are staring at identical odds as last night, despite Nashville having zero regulation wins, scoring just six goals in their last four games and owning some of the league’s worst special teams units.

Chicago will likely start goalie Kevin Lankinen after Subban was in the crease last night. The 25-year-old rookie Lankinen has gone from fourth string to starter in the course of one season. He had started the previous three games, picking up five of a possible six points, and owns a 2.63 goals-against average and .909 save percentage this year—and he has been getting plenty of goal support when he does start.

Nashville will likely also counter with its No. 1 goalie, Juuse Saros. The Finnish netminder has dropped two straight games – both to the Dallas Stars – and got pulled in one of those matches after allowing five goals on 20 shots. Saros has always been a streaky goalie and is coming off a 2020 playoffs where he failed to hit a .900 SV% in three of the four games against the Arizona Coyotes before being eliminated.

The Predators haven’t done themselves any favors with their special teams as the PK is the second-worst unit in the league (55%) while the PP has started the year 2-for-24. Nashville’s offense is very top-line dependent, as no players other than Viktor Arvidsson and Filip Forsberg have more than two points entering Tuesday’s game.

Unfortunately for Chicago backers, the Blackhawks will be without winger Alex DeBrincat (No. 2 in team scoring) and blueliner Adam Boqvist (three assists) who are on the COVID list. They will join captain Jonathan Toews, who is on the long-term IR. Chicago runs a steady dose of all four lines which will help mitigate the losses, especially to DeBrincat.

PREDICTION: Chicago Blackhawks ML (+155)

Over/Under Pick

Heading into the two-game series, both Nashville and Chicago sat in the Bottom 8 in goals against per game, with the Preds giving up 3.40 and the Hawks allowing 3.83 per contest.

For the Predators, it has been their penalty killing which has been horrendous to begin the year. Normally a defensively responsible club, they are giving up powerplay goals on 45 percent of their short-handed opportunities, giving up another one last night despite taking only two minor penalties. Only one other team has a worse penalty kill than Nashville.

The Blackhawks also have a Bottom 10 PK but do happen to sport the league’s second-best powerplay, which has gone 10-for-21 to start the year. This is a young Chicago team that is going to play a lot of high-total games as it is 4-3 O/U and has yet to see a total under 6 this year.

Lankinen had never started an NHL game until this year and in his only game against a team not named the Detroit Red Wings, the rookie goalie allowed five goals on 30 shots to a Panthers team that was playing its second game of the season. The Chicago goalie is 2-1 O/U on the year and receiving 4.7 goals of support per game.

Saros has not played many games against Chicago over his career but owns a GAA north of 3.50 and a SV% of .877 across three games. The Preds’ goalie is 2-2 O/U on the year.

Yesterday missed the Over but we like both teams to get back to their goal-surrendering ways on a slow night in the NHL.

PREDICTION: Over 6 (-110)

Blackhawks vs Predators Betting Card

  • Chicago Blackhawks ML (+155)
  • Over 6 (-110)

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