Prediction, Preview, and Odds
#201 Nashville Predators vs.
#202 Chicago Blackhawks
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 7:00pm EDT
United Center, Chicago
Written by Valdis Pans

After starting their three-game set against the Chicago Blackhawks (6th in Central Division) with a victory in Nashville, the Predators (4th in Central) will travel to Chi-Town for the following two contests, starting with a clash on Wednesday.

Preds End Two-Game Skid

A two-game losing streak (0-2-0) ended for the Nashville Predators (25-21-1), who started their three-game set against the Chicago Blackhawks with a 5-2 victory at Bridgestone Arena on Monday. Playing in front of an increased capacity of 33% of fans, the Preds scored twice in a span of 51 seconds in the second period and twice in a span of 18 seconds in the first minute of the third after Matt Duchene (4 goals, 9 points this year) opened the scoring at 6:22 of the first period. Calle Jarnkrok (12 goals, 22 points) and Luke Kunin (5 goals, 14 points) each bagged a snipe and an assist for Nashville, which is 3-3-0 in its last six games.

Goalie Juuse Saros stopped 30 shots on Monday and has now gone 16-9-0 for the current campaign with a 2.22 GAA and a .928 save percentage. He has registered a 4-2-0 previous tally against the Blackhawks with a 1.99 GAA and a .937 save percentage. The Predators, meanwhile, are scoring the 7th lowest quantity of goals per game this season (2.57), while allowing the 16th highest amount on the defensive end (2.81). The team is 22nd in power play with an 18.3% success rate and 3rd from the bottom in penalty kill with 75.0% efficiency.

‘Hawks Drop Second In Three

The Chicago Blackhawks (21-20-5) lost for the second time in their past three outings (1-2-0) after being beaten with a score of 5-2 by the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Monday. The ‘Hawks outshot the hosts 32-30, went 1-for-5 with the man-advantage and killed all five of their penalties, but managed to find the back of the net just twice, eventually conceding at least four markers for the second time in three games. Alex DeBrincat (23 goals, 44 points this year) tied the contest at 1-1 during power play at the end of the opening frame, while David Kampf (1 goal, 11 points) cut it to 3-2 midway through the second.

Goalie Kevin Lankinen (16-13-4 on the season with a 2.89 GAA and a .911 save percentage) conceded five goals on 22 shots before being pulled in the opening minute of the third period for Malcolm Subban (5-5-1 on the year with a 2.78 GAA and a .913 save percentage), who stopped all eight shots faced in relief. Subban is 3-2-1 versus Nashville in previous encounters with a 2.50 GAA and a .925 save percentage, while Lankinen has posted a 0-3-1 career record against the Predators with a 3.24 GAA and a .899 save percentage. The Blackhawks are 14th in least goals scored per game in 2020-21 (2.76), 11th in most goals conceded on average (3.09), 7th in power play (23.6%) and 27th in penalty kill (75.8%).

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The Blackhawks are yet to beat Nashville this season, having gone 0-4-2 against it in the previous six meetings. Still, a home triumph for Chicago is definitely the outcome to back in their upcoming contest! There are no head-to-head trends favoring the Blackhawks in this one; they are 1-4 in their previous five home games against the Predators, who have triumphed in five of their most recent seven away outings overall. Still, Chicago has already won four consecutive games following a defeat by a margin of at least three markers, while the inability of the Preds to sustain momentum is definitely a factor to consider as well. Believe it or, but Nashville has managed to win just one of its last five matchups after scoring at least five strikes in its previous game.

Prediction: Chicago Blackhawks (-105)

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Six of the last seven head-to-head clashes between Nashville and Chicago have delivered just a modest number of markers, averaging no more than 3.67 goals per game. So, another low-scoring bout between the pair is definitely on the cards for Wednesday! When playing the second outing of a home-and-home set, the Blackhawks have already cruised below the set goal-mark on five of the past six occasions, while 10 of the previous 13 overall matchups of the Predators have all witnessed just a minimal amount of strikes, recording an average of 4.20 tallies per fixture.

Prediction: Under 5.5
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