8:39 pm
December 18

Predators @ Blackhawks

Who will WIN this matchup?

Nashville Predators (22-10-2)

@ Chicago Blackhawks (10-19-6)


Starting Goalies:

Juuse Saros (NSH): Projected

Cam Ward (CHI): Confirmed


Current odds:

Nashville Predators: (-155)

Chicago Blackhawks: (+135)


Pekka Rinne, who entered the week leading the league in goals-against average and save percentage, was pulled on Monday after allowing three goals on 11 shots. Defenseman Roman Josi, who recorded two goals and an assist in the overtime loss, is second on the team with 26 points while Craig Smith scored for the third time in five games to become the second Predator to reach double digits in tallies – joining the injured Filip Forsberg. Nashville scored twice on the power play after going 0-for-9 over its previous five games.

Chicago has given up 53 goals while dropping 10 of its last 11 games (1-9-1), but the team has shown it still can score as it has tallied 15 times in its last four contests. Patrick Kane has recorded eight of his team-leading 38 points in the last seven games, captain Jonathan Toews has scored three times in as many contests and Alex DeBrincat has tallied in three of his last four. Dylan Strome has registered five goals in 11 games since being acquired from Arizona, with whom he scored three in 20 contests.

Blackhawks LW Brendan Perlini, who was obtained along with Strome last month, scored his first goal in 10 games with the club on Sunday.

StreakSmarter Pick
Nashville Predators