Johnny Gaudreau, Matthew Tkachuk, and the Calgary Flames will do battle against Roman Josi, Filip Forsberg, and the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena in a Western Conference showdown. The game will get started at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 27, and you are able to view it live on Sportsnet West.
Calgary Flames vs. Nashville Predators Odds
The Predators (-135) are tabbed as the favorites over the Flames (+115), and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at an even 6 goals (-115 over, -105 under).
Calgary is 33-31 straight up (SU) and has lost 5.5 units for moneyline bettors this year. 31 of its games have gone over the total, while 28 have gone under and just five have pushed. This 2019-20 Flames team is 19-15 SU on the road.
Calgary has converted on 20.1 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. Its penalty kill is ranked eighth overall, and the team’s successfully killed off 82.4 percent of all penalties..
Boasting a .908 save percentage and 27.8 saves per game, David Rittich (24-21-5) has been the primary option in goal for Calgary this season. If Calgary chooses to rest him, however, the team may turn to Cam Talbot (9-14-1 record, .914 save percentage, 2.83 goals against average).
Over on the other bench, Nashville is 31-31 straight up (SU) and has lost 11.7 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 62 regular season matches, 34 of its games have gone over the total, while 27 have gone under and just one has pushed. It’s 15-16 SU at home this season.
The Predators have converted on just 16.7 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s ranked 24th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 31st overall, and it’s successfully killed off 74.4 percent of all penalties.
Pekka Rinne has stopped 25.0 shots per game as the primary selection in the crease for the Predators. Rinne has 18 wins, 17 losses, and four overtime losses and has maintained a pedestrian 3.00 goals against average and a fairly-weak .900 save percentage this year.
Calgary Flames at Nashville Predators Free Picks
Prediction: SU Winner – Flames, O/U – Under
- The Predators are 3-3 in games decided by a shootout this season while the Flames are 6-1 in shootouts.
- The under has hit in four of Nashville’s last five outings.
- Over Calgary’s last ten games, eight of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 6-2 in those games).
- Calgary skaters created 16.3 hits per game last season, while the Preds accounted for 18.7 hits per matchup.