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Blackhawks vs Predators Betting Preview and Pick (January 26, 2021)

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A heated rivalry will be renewed tonight in the Music City as the Nashville Predators host the Chicago Blackhawks in the first of a two-game set.

Let’s take a look at this Central Division showdown from a betting perspective in our Blackhawks vs. Predators betting preview with odds, picks and predictions.

Blackhawks vs. Predators Betting Preview

The Chicago Blackhawks had a wonderful weekend, earning a pair of wins over the Detroit Red Wings to kickoff the home portion of their season schedule.

Now they head back on the road against another long-time rival in Nashville, who have won 7 of their last 11 meetings with the Hawks. The Predators enter this contest on a three-game losing streak after dropping a pair of games to a Stars team that finally got their season underway after a long delay caused by a COVID-19 outbreak.

The Blackhawks are getting some offensive contributions from defenseman Connor Murphy, who has two goals and three assists, and rookie center Pius Suter, who scored a hat trick on Sunday for his first three tallies of his NHL career. The duo helped propel the Blackhawks to Sunday’s 6-2 victory. Chicago will be without one of their top forwards in Alex DeBrincat, as well as defenseman Adam Boqvist, both of which are out due to COVID-19 protocols.

Blackhawks vs. Predators Odds

Here are the lines for Blackhawks vs. Predators at DraftKings Sportsbook:

Spread: Blackhawks (+1.5 -167); Predators (-1.5 +140)
Moneyline: Blackhawks (+155); Predators (-180)
Over/Under: Over 6 (-121)/Under 6 (+100)

Bets We Like With a Blackhawks Win

Blackhawks to score First Goal & Win the Match (+250, DraftKings)

This Chicago offense has finally awakened, with 14 goals scored in their last three games. Patrick Kane leads the way with seven points, and the aforementioned duo of Murphy and Suter trail right behind. Chicago needs to dictate the tempo of this game and establish an early lead if they want to earn their third straight victory.

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Bets We Like With a Predators Win

Fillip Forsberg to Score a Goal Anytime (+140, FanDuel Sportsbook)

Leading the club with four goals through the first five games of the season, the 26-year old sniper accounts for 33% of the team’s goals thus far, and he will need to continue producing at that clip for the Predators to win this contest. With forward Calle Jarnkrok and defenseman Luca Sbisa out, their depth is being tested and it’s up to the top two forward lines to contribute more and that starts with Forsberg.

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Bets We Like Independent of the Outcome

Blackhawks to Score First (+120, Draftkings) and 1P UNDER 1.5 Goals (+110)

Nashville’s offense has been slow to start this season, with four of their first five games going under the total in the first 20 minutes of play. On the flipside, Chicago is 3-3 with the first period totals, going over in two of their last three, facing weaker defensive clubs like Florida and Detroit. I like the Hawks to get a goal early and the period to end 1-0 for the visitors, cashing this first period under the total.

Blackhawks vs. Predators Prediction

The Predators have played well against the Blackhawks over the years, but this isn’t your usual Preds team, with issues scoring and questionable goaltending. There’s a reason they have lost three straight and with a Chicago club that is riding the momentum of a hot weekend series sweep over Detroit, I like the Blackhawks to get their first win away from home tonight in a 4-2 victory.

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Author: Alex Smith

Alex Smith is a sports betting contributor.