Calgary Flames vs. Nashville Predators - 1/24/14
Nashville Predators (23-22-7) at Calgary Flames (17-27-7)
NHL Hockey: Friday, January 24, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Scotiabank Saddledome)
The Line: Calgary Flames +105 / Nashville Predators -116 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-TN; SSNET-CGY
Two Western Conference foes square off at Scotiabank Saddledome as the Nashville Predators take on the Calgary Flames on Friday night.
Friday’s game will be the second of a four game road trip for the Nashville Predators. In the first game of the trip, on Thursday, the Predators stole a win from the Vancouver Canucks by a score of 2-1. Nashville came from behind to beat Vancouver for its fourth win in the last five contests. Over the last five games the Predators are averaging 3.6 goals per game, which is more than an entire goal over Nashville’s 24th ranked 2.4 goals per game average. The Predators are now 5-4-1 over the last ten games.
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Calgary enters Friday’s game off of a win at the Saddledome against the Phoenix Coyotes. Sean Monahan scored his team leading 14th goal to put Calgary up early, and the Flames never looked back from there taking the visiting Coyotes out by a score of 3-2. Obviously, with the team’s leading scorer only tallying 14 goals on the season, the Flames have offensive issues. In fact, Calgary ranks 29th in the NHL in goals per game with 2.2 per contest.
This game will be the second meeting of the season between the Predators and Flames, with the first coming just last week in the form of a 4-2 Nashville victory. The home team is 7-0 in the last seven meetings in the series and the Predators are 5-1 in the last six meetings overall. Prior to the home win against Phoenix, the Flames dropped four straight games and seven of eight. The Predators have performed well of late against teams with a losing record, going 4-0 in the last four. Here, the Preds will be playing in the second of a back-to-back on the road, which is always a situation where I am hesitant to play a team. Both of these teams are atrocious offensively and despite Nashville’s strong play, I find it hard to give either team an edge in this game. I lean to a play on the Flames here with plus money, even though they are a terrible home team, but there are undoubtedly better plays on Friday’s NHL card.