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8:35 PM Regulation only. The Preds will play the tail end of back-to-backs here after a 4-3 OT loss in Ottawa last night, where the great Pekka Rinne was pulled after allowing three goals on the first 11 shots on net. Juuse Saros cleaned things up and the Preds were able to secure a point. The Predators started the season with eight straight wins away from home but have gone 0-5-2 on the road since, which proves once again how luck plays a major part in outcomes. The Preds were never as good as their 8-0 road record and they’re certainly not as bad as its current 0-5-2 record. A correction to their recent road woes is inevitable.
Chicago has given up 53 goals while dropping 10 of its last 11 games (1-9-1), but the team has shown it still can score, as it has tallied 15 times in its last four contests. If we were playing totals, we would surely be playing this game to go over 6 -110 but we trust that there is better value in playing the Preds in regulation simply because goaltenders have the biggest impact on outcomes and the Preds will face one of the worst in the business here. Corey Crawford suffered a head injury in Sunday’s 7-4 loss to San Jose - prompting Chicago to recall netminder Collin Delia from Rockford of the American Hockey League to backup Cam Ward. Ward ranks 51st in GSAA and has posted save percentages of .857, .848, .862., .846 and .895 in his last five games respectively. This is like fading the Baltimore Orioles 5th starter without having to spot anything. Pencil us in for that.
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Nashville -½ +111 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 2.22)