We have predictions for three of Saturday’s late games including the Nashville Predators at Chicago Blackhawks!
Things are starting to heat up in this year’s hockey playoffs with three of four Saturday games featuring possible elimination teams. Nashville beat the Hawks 5-2 in game 5 of this series, the second time the Preds have scored more than five goals in this series. Chicago has decided to stick with Scott Darling in net for game 6 and the line favors the Hawks at -165 with a total of 5 OV -135. Pekka Rinne will start for the Preds, somehow trying to regain the form that helped set Nashville’s winning season in motion. Since March 28, the Preds are 9-2-1 O/U in their 12 games, including a 4-1 O/U record against the Hawks. CHI has scored 15 goals in the first five games of this series.
Road dogs off a game where they scored more than four goals are just 1-6 SU so far in this year’s playoffs and in all six losses, the road team scored two goals or fewer. When you have a playoff road dog of more than +130 off a home barnburner where seven or more total goals were scored, their recent record is 6-19 SU with 8 overs, 16 unders and a push. We already have the Hawks to win the series so we’ll focus this play on the total.
Pick: Take the Predators and Hawks UNDER 5 goals at +115
In the other late games tonight we’re booked on Tampa Bay and the Calgary Flames to win in regulation. The Lightning are laying big wood against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 5 of that series and since December 11, Tampa is 14-2 at home as a favorite between -150 and -250.
Canucks at Flames, Game 6
Home teams in this spot are only .526 overall so the posted NHL lines of Calgary -130 make sense. Vancouver has started to realize what they are up against here and although Ryan Miller has provided a spark, we think the Flames are going to come out looking to prove a point tonight. Home teams with a 3-2 lead in the series are 46-37 straight-up in Round 1 of the playoffs and as one of the league’s strongest third period teams all year, this home date is Calgary’s chance to seal things up.