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Hockey Wagering: Nashville Predators vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Hockey wagering Sunday features inconsistent Nashville at surging Chicago in a Central division NHL wagering matchup.

Hockey wagering on Nashville has been a puzzling study in red ink while Chicago has been one of the best NHL wagering values on the board.  Since ownership and financial concerns shook the Nashville Predators franchise to the core after a successful 2006-07 season they have been something of a hockey wagering pariah.

While the bottom never quite completely fell out from the Predators in the aftermath of their ownership shakeup they have not been a strong hockey wagering commodity either.  This season has seen Nashville hover around the .500 mark overall as they were losing money on the hockey wagering board.

Nashville had an overall NHL wagering record of 17-17-0-3 straight up and 17-20 against the hockey lines.  Nashville’s biggest hockey wagering liability has been their poor offense, which was ranked just 28th overall in the league.

Their mediocre defense, which was ranked 17th, has not been able to improve their overall hockey wagering prospects.  Nashville went into a bad hockey wagering stretch from December 9 through January 1 as they covered the spread in just 3 out of 10 games.

The Chicago Blackhawks have been one of the best NHL wagering stories and values since the beginning of last season.  The entire Blackhawks franchise has been rejuvenated and is again popular in Chicago as well as the hockey wagering community.

Chicago had an overall hockey wagering record of 20-8-2-5 straight up and 23-12 against the hockey lines.  The Blackhawks strength is with their youth, which is best personified by Patrick Kane who led the team in scoring with 41 points.

Goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin has been a major hockey wagering asset after being re-claimed off the waiver wire last summer.  The “Bulin Wall” had a nice 2.45 goals against average.

Chicago was about the hottest team on the board right up to their home and home series against Detroit as they rewarded gamblers with 8 consecutive payoffs before losing at Detroit on December 30 and then again at Wrigley Field in the Winter Classic on January 1.

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