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NHL Playoffs Game 3: Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators – April 17, 2017

Chicago Blackhawks

It’s Game 3 of the best of 7 series in the National Hockey League. The Chicago Blackhawks are on the road at the Nashville Predators. The Predators, as the #8 seed in the Western Conference have won the first three games of this series. Nashville finished the regular season with a 41-29-12 record.

The Chicago Blackhawks are the top seed in the Western Conference. The Blackhawks have been in the Stanley Cup Finals 3 out of the last 7 seasons. This season, Chicago is 50-23-9. The Blackhawks are actually slight underdogs in this game. The Nashville Predators are -113 over the Blackhawks.

Predators Looking to Step on Throat of Chicago

The Nashville Predators could step on the throat of the top seed in the Western Conference. The Predators scuffled a bit down the stretch and were unable to track down St. Louis for third in the Central. During the regular season, the Predators scored 2.9 goals per game and allowed 2.7.

The Predators top goal scorer this season has been center Ryan Johansen. The Predators center scored just 14 goals but had 47 assists. The Predators, with their 41 wins, matched their wins for all of the last season.

Blackhawks Back to Basics

Head coach Joel Quenneville and his Chicago Blackhawks need to get back to the basics and how to win hockey games. The Blackhawks have yet to score in the postseason; allowing 6 goals. The Blackhawks during the regular season scored 2.9 goals per game and allowing 2.6 per game.

The Blackhawks need everyone to step up, but Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are going to have to score goals for this team. The Blackhawks saw Kane lead the team with both 34 goals scored and 5 assists last season. Corey Crawford is still expected to be back in between the pipes on Monday.

Blackhawks Bounce Back

It’s quite surprising to see the Chicago Blackhawks lose two straight postseason games. It’s even more surprising to see the Blackhawks lose back to back games at home. Also, the Blackhawks have not yet scored in this series. Those will all change, as Chicago bounces back with a win.

The Nashville Predators need to play this game like it could be their last because they need to bury the Blackhawks. If you let them back in the standings, they become more dangerous. The final bet for this game is the Chicago Blackhawks +109 over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.