Where: Bridgestone Arena
When: Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 8:00 pm ET
We have Central Division National Hockey League action to discuss when the 3-5-2 Chicago Blackhawks meet the 7-3-1 Nashville Predators for game one of their five-game season series. The Blackhawks are coming off a 5-1 home win over the Los Angeles Kings and the Predators defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 for their third consecutive victory.
Blackhawks Snap Four Game Losing StreakChicago snapped a four-game losing streak Sunday night when they defeated the Los Angeles Kings by a score of 5-1. The five goals were one less than the six goals Chicago scored over their last four games. The Blackhawks average 2.50 goals per game and while the goal binge might be an aberration, it was welcomed as they embark on a four-game road trip beginning Tuesday night with Nashville. Patrick Kane leads the Blackhawks with nine points, a club-high six assists and leads Chicago with three goals.
The Blackhawks special teams have been brutal, and its power-play unit has a 9.7 percent success rate this season. The penalty kill unit has a 73.5 percent kill rate and that isn’t going to get it done against the Predators and its 21.9 percent power-play success rate.
Predators Lead League in ScoringNashville is riding a three-game winning streak thanks to victories over the Anaheim Ducks, Minnesota Wild, and Tampa Bay Lightning. The Predators have scored 16 goals and allowed 11 over its last five games and Nashville averages a league-leading 4.09 goals per game and leading the way with Roman Josi with five goals and a team-high 13 points and Ryan Ellis leads Nashville with 11 assists this season.
The Predators have mediocre special teams with a 21.9 percent power-play success rate and pedestrian 71.4 penalty kill rate this season and that should be enough to hold off the Blackhawks awful power-play unit.
Pekka Rinne is the probable starting goaltender for Tuesday night and he has a 6-0-1 record with 93 percent save percentage and 1.98 GAA. Rinne is coming off his first shutout of the season and the 56th of his career in a 4-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild. Rinne is an above-average 93.6 percent xSV% and his 3.88 GSAA is near the top of the NHL according to Corsica Hockey.
- Predators are 4-1 in their last 5 games as a home favorite.
- Predators are 4-1 in their last 5 home games.
- Blackhawks are 0-6 in their last 6 Tuesday games.
- Blackhawks are 0-4 in their last 4 road games.