Stanley Cup Winners, the Chicago Blackhawks, need to get back on the right track, and taking a scalp off
the Nashville Predators is a real step in the right direction. It is the second meeting of these two sides this NHL season and the Predators are 1-0 up, after scoring twice in the third period, on October 13 at the United Center.
a cold reception for Predator Joel Ward who scored the game-winner with just 26.7
seconds remaining, as Nashville
took the Blackhawks 3-2.
these sides are finding November a tough month and their last ten stats are
pretty grim reading Chicago is
3-7-0 and Nashville is 3-5-2.
reigning champions got off to a strong start but went into free fall down the
standings and have dropped four of their
last five games, and considering the Hawks have played more games than anyone
in their division and haven't won in regulation this month, they need to start
winning again – RIGHT NOW!
Remember how good both
these teams looked at the end of last season? They each seemed to be shoe-ins
for the West's playoffs, but instead they sit on the bottom of the Central
It’s tough division and
a close division and if either team strings a handful of wins together they’ll
be right back in it, the Blackhawks are just four points off the top spot, and
Nashville is only two worse off.
But who’s going to have
the better Saturday night?
The sportsbooks seem to
think that it’ll be Chicago who will come out winners, 5Dimes have them at -125 (a fair average line).
The Predators are fresh off a 3-2 shootout win over St.
Louis, and should be
buoyed by getting one over the division leaders, but before that bright moment they suffered a five-game losing streak.
Trotz said "We hadn't won in awhile.
We were fortunate to win it in the shootout (but) will take the win."
Was that win a blip in
a downward trajectory OR the start of something good?
The best NHL betting odds on the
Predators are with Pinnacle, who has
them at +113.
Despite finding the net,
a lot Nashville still haven’t won a game in regulation time since Oct. 24; it’s the defence that has been having real problems. The
normally steadfast Pekka Rinne has been having a nightmare in the nets. He’s
allowed in a massive 18 goals in just the last five games.
Possibly some good news
for Chicago, because the first thing the Hawks need to do is find the net…
they’ve only managed two goals over their last two games and if they beat the
Predators, don’t expect it to be by much.
And if you reckon, it’s going to end with
les than 5.5 goals – Bodog is
Chicago Coach, Joel Quenneville shook up his squad before their home loss to
Phoenix, he moved Patrick Kane from right to left wing and split the defensive
pair Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook, but it didn’t have the desired effect!
The “goal scorers” that
are (make that were) Kane, Toews and Sharp have each gone two games without a
single point. But worse still; Hossa hasn't scored in six games.
A goal, a goal, our
trophy for a goal….
Failure to score is
only half the problem. Between the pipes, Marty
Turco has had his own troubles, his goals-against average has
swelled to 2.73 during this bad Chicago run.
But I feel that one
good result will turn their season around, the Blackhawks are a great team and
taking the Predators apart should go down as the point where their season
turned a corner!
More good news for Chicago is that they have no serious injury worries, but Nashville's lineup is much thinner. The Predators will likely be missing Center, Matthew
Lombardi, Defence, Ryan Suter and Right Winger, Martin
Plus the Predators are
currently on four consecutive home losses.
Good times for Chicago start here! Stay tuned to SBROdds.com for the lastest betting odds.
NHL Free Prediction: Away win, 4-2!