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(41-28-4) Calgary Flames vs. Nashville Predators (36-25-11)
Date: Thursday March 23rd
Time: 5:00 PM
Venue: Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: -140
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NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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The Calgary Flames rank 14th in most major team categories in the league, with the exception being goals against where they are slightly higher at 13th. They have been excellent as of late with just two losses in the past month.
Nashville and Calgary are both in 4th place in their respective Western Conference Divisions, with Calgary having three more points than the Preds in what could shape up to be a wildcard seeding race.
The Flames have gone 8-2-0 in their last 10 games and have lost just 2 games since February 21st.
The team is now firmly in a playoff spot, sitting 4th in the Pacific Division and ahead of Nashville amongst the two wildcard seeds.
They have separated from the rest of the pack, as the next best Western Conference team is LA at 75 points.
Brian Elliott has been a major factor in the hot streak, turning around his season in the matter of a month.
He’s now raised his SV% on the year from the .800’s to .911, to go along with a 2.50 GAA and a 23-14-3 record. Chad Johnson, who had played well in spelling Elliott during his struggles, remains a very capable back-up option.
Johnny Gaudreau and linemate, Sean Monahan, now sit atop the stat sheet for the Flames, as we’ve become accustomed to over recent years. Gaudreau leads the way with 53 points and Monahan with the lead in goals at 24.
Youngster, Matthew Tkachuk, is showing his gritty side as he leads the team in PIMS as a teenager, with 96 on the year.
Dougie Hamilton has registered the best season of his young career already, with 10 games remaining on the schedule. Hamilton has 11 goals and 47 points in 2016-17, along with a plus-11 rating.
The acquisition of Michael Stone has helped solidified the top-4 and allowed Hamilton to remain on the top-pairing with Mark Giordano.
Nashville ranks 10th in the league in goals per game, on the backs of strong seasons from Ryan Johansen and his linemates Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson.
The trio each have 50+ points, with Johansen leading at 55. Forsberg and Arvidsson are 1-2 in goals for the Preds with 29 and 27, respectively.
The defensive corps is once again strong, an area that Nashville is renowned for breeding and retaining young talent.
Roman Josi has 11 goals, 44 point, Ryan Ellis has 14 goals and a plus-10 rating and PJ Subban has tallied 35 points in 56 games.
The Preds should be an interesting team to watch come playoff time, as they have a solid roster, especially on the back-end and in net. The real question will be if the depth can compete with other squads.
Pekka Rinne and Juuse Saros have each played well this year, with the latter handling the lion’s share of the work. Rinne owns a .915 SV% and 2.51 GAA with 28 wins.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Calgary has a plus-6 goal differential on the season
- Calgary 12-2-1 in their last 15 games played
- Calgary is 19-13-4 on the road this year
- Nashville is 5-3-2 in their last 10 games
- Nashville is 21-8-7 at home
- Victor Arvidsson is on a five-game point streak
Free Calgary Flames vs. Nashville Predators NHL Hockey Prediction:
Calgary has been one of the hottest teams in the last month, but Nashville has been excellent at home this season with just eight regulation losses in 36 games.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Calgary +1.5
I think this will be a close game, and like the visiting Flames to cover as they battle for positioning.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Calgary 2 – Nashville 3
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