Chicago at Nashville Game #3 NHL Playoffs Betting Odds & Preview

Posted by Aaron . on April 17, 2017 in

The Nashville Predators don’t get a lot of press in the NHL, as they are an expansion team in a city as far from hockey’s birthplace as you can get without playing in Phoenix. However, when they get into the postseason, they put a scare in a lot of the blue bloods in the league, and this year is no different, as they went to Chicago and won the first two games of their Western Conference quarterfinal, the first team to start a playoff with a pair of road shutouts since Toronto did it in 2001. No one had shut out the Blackhawks for two straight games since St. Louis did it in 2002. Now the two teams head to Music City for Game 3 on Tuesday night. The Predators head into the game NHL odds favorites.

Chicago at Nashville Game #3 NHL Playoffs Betting Odds & Preview

When: Monday, April 17, 2017, 9:30pm ET
Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
Radio: Chicago / Nashville
NHL Odds: Predators at -1½

Why should you bet on the Blackhawks?

A team with the high-flying offense of the Chicago Blackhawks will break through eventually and get past a defensive scheme like the one that Nashville offers. Evidence of this comes from teams like the Pittsburgh Penguins, who add more and more offense until they overwhelm the opposition. However, they haven’t reached that point with Nashville yet, and now they head on the road to take on a team with one of the loudest buildings in all the NHL. The Blackhawks sent 30 shots at Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne, but he held fast and his defense cleared away the troublesome rebounds. If the Blackhawks focus on working toward the net and taking fewer shots from the blue line, they should find room to operate against the Predators.

Why should you put your money on the Predators?

These Predators do things as a team, which makes them hard to push around — and hard to defend. Viktor Arvidsson got the only tally in Game 1 and then set up in front of net to allow Ellis’ shot to travel between his legs while he set up a screen, a play key to the first Nashville goal in Game 2.The Predators have not only limited their penalties in the series (4), but they have also had an ironclad penalty kill, holding the Blackhawks without any goals with the man advantage. That swarming defense and opportunistic offense can keep winning if the Predators can stay focused for the whole series.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

I can’t see Chicago falling behind in this series 3-0 to the second wild card team. I see Chicago getting their offense going and winning, 3-2.