NHL Picks: Predators vs. Blackhawks to go 'Over'

David Lawrence

Friday, March 14, 2014 1:51 PM GMT

The Chicago Blackhawks continue to slump their way through 2014. They are just 10-14 since the flip of the calendar and are coming off yet another loss, this time a 3-2 defeat in Colorado. Are you really comfortable laying more than -200 on the NHL odds with them?

The Nashville Predators Can Win Because…

They’re starting to get a little mojo going. The Preds have won two straight while scoring eight goals in the process. That’s a lot for them considering they average just 2.95 goals per game on the year, averaged 2.65 in January and 2.50 in February. When they can get three pucks in the net per game, they have a pretty good chance to win.

Pekka Rinne is back in net for the Preds and he’s given them a spark of confidence. He’s allowed nine goals in his four outings back so far while posting a save percentage of .921. He gives this team a chance to win each and every night, and that won’t be any different on Friday.

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The Chicago Blackhawks Can Win Because…

The Predators probably won’t be able to keep up offensively. Sure, the Preds have won two straight while beating a couple of laggards like Ottawa and Buffalo. However, even with those wins they’ve lost seven of 10 while scoring just 10 goals in those losses.

The Blackhawks have won three of the last four meetings between the teams and should be able to handle the subpar Predators.

Outlook & Pick

There’s really no way you can add the Blackhawks to your NHL picks here. They’ve been shaky – at best – in 2014 and now are asking you to lay a ton of juice. The Blackhawks are just 5-5 in their last 10 at home with losses to teams like the Winnipeg Jets and the New York Rangers. It’s crazy to lay the juice knowing that.

Instead, I’ll go with the over. Three of the last four meetings have gone over the number, so I’ll look for that series history to continue.

Pick: Over 5.5 at BetMarathon

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