Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators / NHL – After a little worse series, Chicago has improved their game in the last two rounds. They made two victories and are still leaders of the Western Conference. Unlike last season, the Predators are playing a lot less and are currently only in tenth place in the Western Conference. In the last round, they suffered a defeat away against Florida, and they will have an even more difficult job in the next match. Begins: 09.01.2017. – 01:00 CET
Chicago was the best team throughout the season and they were constantly playing good. They had some bad series as other teams until the end of last month when they got into an evident crisis. After a series of five victories in a row, as if they Chicago's players were celebrating the New Year too early. In the last few days of 2016, they were too relaxed and it has immediately reflected on the result. They also had some problems with injuries and it has all affected their result. Chicago has for the first time this season, suffered three defeats at home. Then they celebrated as guests were against Nashville Predators with a score 2:3.
After this victory they played the next two matches away, but, in these matches, they failed to repeat the game as against Nashville. First they lost to Carolina, and then to St. Louis Blues in the big Winter Classic. At Busch stadium, the home team has in front of a large number of their fans recorded a convincing victory. Although the Blackhawks first grabbed the lead after just two minutes of the game, while the Blues scored four goals by the end of the match and also celebrated a deserved victory. It was the fifth loss for Chicago in the last six games. However, in the last two rounds, they recorded two home wins against Buffalo and Carolina.
Nashville has ended last season in the conference semi-finals, losing to San Jose Sharks after seven games played. A lot was expected from this season as well, but the way that Predators play, even the playoffs could come in question. They cannot seem to record a winning series that would enable them to improve their position in the table. Nashville has during the summer transfer period lost Shea Weber, who was a very important player for this team. This has been affected the results of the Predators, because even though they have not changed the team much, Nashville does not play as last season. Before the start of the championship, they brought only two players in their ranks, Yannick Webber and P.K. Suban, because they thought it is quite enough.
However, the results show that the transfer window was not done in the best way. In the last seven games, they have recorded just two wins. They are in a bad series and they will obviously face a bitter struggle for the playoffs this season. Predators have been in the last few rounds played good and they surprised their opponents. Four rounds ago, they have achieved a landslide victory in the away game against St. Louis Blues 0:4. In the next matches, they have lost to Montreal at home, but then again played a good match away. They defeated Lightning with a convincing 1:6. However, in the next match, they lost to Florida with a result 2:1.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators PICK
During this season, Chicago and Nashville have played three mutual duels. In the first match, the Predators celebrated at home, while the Blackhawks achieved in the next two the same number of wins, first at home and then away. Even though Chicago was not too convincing in the last two rounds, they always play better against stronger teams and that is why we give advantage to the current leaders of the Western Conference.
Pick: Chicago Blackhawks win
Odds: 1.70 at Interwetten (down to 1.63 can be played)