The Blackhawks and Predators are set to face off at 8:00 ET on NBCS. The Predators will host the game at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN. The over/under for this Central division contest is set at 6.5 goals, with the Predators being the favored team playing at home against the Blackhawks.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS VS NASHVILLE PREDATORS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Nashville Predators -1.5

This game will be played at Bridgestone Arena at 8:00 ET on Tuesday, January 2nd.

WHY BET THE NASHVILLE PREDATORS:

  • Coming in as 1.5 goal favorites, our projections have the Predators picking up a 4-3 win.
  • Take the Predators on the moneyline
  • On the spread, we like Blackhawks (+1.5)

Do the Blackhawks Have a Shot at a Road Win?

Through 36 games, the Blackhawks have achieved an overall record of 11-23-2. When on the road, Chicago holds a 4-14-1 record, while they are 7-9-1 when playing at home. They are currently positioned 8th in the Western Central division and 15th in the Western conference.

In terms of the puck line, Chicago posted a 17-19 record. On the road they are 7-12 against the puck line, while their overall home performance is 10-7. This season, Chicago’s games are averaging 6.2 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6.3. The Blackhawks currently have an over/under record of 16-18-2.

In their last three games away from home, the Blackhawks have a straight up record of 0-3 while going 1-2 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 3 goals per game in these contests.

In terms of their offensive performance, the Blackhawks are averaging 2.4 goals per game this season, putting them in the 30th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 29th in the league. The Chicago offense is ranked 27th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 21st in the NHL.

Chicago’s current leading scorer is Connor Bedard. This season, he has 15 goals, which puts him 34th in the NHL. Bedard also comes into the game with 18 assists.

The Predators defense is currently 12th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.4 shots per game against Nashville. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 20th with 1 shutouts.

Goalie Arvid Söderblom comes into the game having made 14 starts this season. So far, his record is 2-11 and he has a save percentage of 0.6089108910891089%.

Can The Predators Secure a Home Victory?

For the season, the Predators currently hold an overall record of 20-16-1. On the road, Nashville has gone 9-7-1 and they are 11-9-0 at home. They are currently positioned 4th in the Western Central division and 7th in the Western conference.

Nashville is 20-17 against the puck line this season. On the road, their puck line record sits at 9-8 compared to 11-9 at home. This season, Nashville’s games are averaging 6.3 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6.2. The Predators currently have an over/under record of 16-16-5.

When looking at their past three matchups at home, Nashville has an puck line record of 3-0 while averaging 3 per game. The team went 2-1 overall in these games.

On offense, the Predators are averaging 3.1 goals per game which is 14th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 13th in the league. Looking at how the Predators’ offense is performing during power plays, they are 11th in power play goals and 9th in shorthanded goals.

Nashville’s leading goal scorer is Filip Forsberg. So far this season, he has 18 goals, placing him 13th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 23 assists so far.

The Predators defense is currently 12th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.4 shots per game against Nashville. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 20th with 1 shutouts.

Goalie Juuse Saros gets the start and has made 29 starts this season. His record at this point is 15-13, and his save percentage is 0.9801980198019802%.