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(41-29-9) Nashville Predators vs. Chicago Blackhawks (50-23-8)
2017 NHL Playoffs: Western Conference Round 1
NHL Series Odds: Blackhawks – 165 | Predators +145
NHL Stanley Cup Futures Odds: Blackhawks +425, Predators +2500
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It’s a Western conference, Central division showdown to start the playoffs off. The eight seed Nashville Predators take on the one seed, Chicago Blackhawks.
These two teams seem to match up a lot when it comes to the playoffs, so seeing them facing off again is no surprise.
The two teams have faced off five times already this season. The Predators won the first game but the Blackhawks have won the last four. In three of the four Chicago wins they scored five goals.
The Nashville Predators have had a very up and down season that has seemed to be filled with streaks. They will really struggle for a while, and then they turn on a switch and get really hot. In this series they are going to have to flip that switch if they want any chance.
The Blackhawks have dominated them this season so it’s going to take near perfect play for them to win.
The Predators come into this game struggling having lost five of their last seven games. In their defeats as of late they just haven’t been scoring enough goals. In each of those five loses they only scored one goal, and I can guarantee you one goal isn’t going to be enough to win a game in this series.
On the season the Predators have played really well in the offensive zone so these struggles as of late come as a surprise.
They average 2.9 goals scored which is 11th in the NHL. On the defensive side they give up 2.7 goals a game which is 15th in the NHL.
To win this series it’s all going to come down to the defensive zone. The Blackhawks have a ton of weapons in the offensive zone and they need to find a way to try and slow that down.
The Chicago Blackhawks come into this Stanley Cup Playoffs as the favorites to win it all at +425. It’s really no surprise that they are because they play in the weaker conference, and are the best team in that conference and it’s not even close.
The Blackhawks come into the playoffs really struggling as of late and it has some of their fans worried.
They have lost four games in a row and seven of the last ten. But during that four game losing streak they were resting a lot of their players and just a few years ago they went into the playoffs on a losing streak and ended up still winning the Stanley Cup.
The Blackhawks are led by Patrick Kane. On the season he has 34 goals, 55 assists and is a plus 11. Historically he has always played well against the Predators and he is going to need to have a big series.
Along with Kane the Blackhawks need to get good goal tending in this series. As of late they haven’t been getting great goal tending and that has led to some of their struggles.
If they can get good goal tending this series they should move onto round two.
Free Nashville Predators vs. Chicago Blackhawks Playoff Series Prediction:
The Blackhawks are the much better team in this series and that will show when the two teams start their series on Thursday. I think the Blackhawks just have too much firepower in the offensive zone and that will be the difference.
4* Free NHL Series Betting Pick: Blackhawks -165
The Blackhawks will win this series and advance to the second round easily. I don’t see this series going farther then five games.
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