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NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Chicago Blackhawks at Nashville Predators Game 5 Start Time, Betting Odds

The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs continue tonight when the Nashville Predators take on the Chicago Blackhawks in an NHL Playoffs Game 5 matchup. The game is scheduled for an 9:30 p.m. start time and it will be televised live on the NBC Sports Network. Currently the betting odds for the game have the Blackhawks favored to get the win in this fifth matchup.

Chicago won a marathon game over Nashville the last time these two teams took the ice, getting a third-overtime tally from Brent Seabrook to improve their lead to 3-1. Nashville is in a bad spot now, needing to win the rest of the games in the series to have advance past the Blackhawks. That's tough to say, let alone for the Predators to be able to accomplish.

Pekka Rinne is one of the elite goalies in the league, but he's allowed 13 marks for the Blackhawks in their four games so far this series. The Blackhawks are now back to being healthy with their best players on the ice and they're certainly a dangerous team moving forward. It's too bad the Predators drew them in the opening round, because Chicago looks to be getting back on track and they are playing solid hockey right now.

The Blackhawks also made a chance in between the pipes, going with Scott Darling in net after he came on in relief of Corey Crawford. Darling made 50 saves in the team's Game 4 win and has looked the part for the Blackhawks. His continued solid play, with a nice defensive group in front of him, will help carry the Blackhawks to a win tonight and a series-clinching win.

Free Pick: Blackhawks

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