Nashville Predators vs. Calgary Flames - 2/27/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Calgary Flames (33-25-6) at Nashville Predators (31-23-8)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)
The Line: Nashville Predators -130 / Calgary Flames +118 --- Over/Under: 6
TV: RSNW, FSTN
The Calgary Flames and Nashville Predators meet Thursday in NHL action at the Bridgestone Arena.
The Calgary Flames look for a win after winning six of their last nine games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 20.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Elias Lindholm leads Calgary with 27 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 37 assists and Sean Monahan has 153 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 82.4 percent of their opponents power plays. David Rittich has given up 126 goals on 1,376 shots faced and Cam Talbot has allowed 59 goals on 686 shots. The Calgary Flames have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 15 games.
The Nashville Predators look for a win after winning five of their last seven games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 15.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 18 goals, Roman Josi has 43 assists and Craig Smith has 161 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 73.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 97 goals on 973 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed 88 goals on 932 shots. The Nashville Predators have allowed three or more goals in nine of their last 15 games.
The Flames are 5-0 in their last 5 games as a road underdog, 6-1 in their last 7 road games and 5-1 in their last 6 games as an underdog. The Predators are 4-1 in their last 5 home games, 4-1 in their last 5 games as a home favorite and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The over is 7-0-1 in Flames last 8 road games. The under is 4-1 in Predators last 5 overall. The Flames are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Nashville. The road team is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings. The underdog is 15-3 in the last 18 meetings.
Both of these teams are hot and the plus money with the Calgary Flames is intriguing given their recent road success and the fact they've won five of the last eight meetings against the Preds. However, the Nashville Predators have turned things around at home lately, and they're one of the tougher home teams in the league when they have that going. The trends are pointing toward a Flames victory, but in a game between two teams in good form, I'm going to give the edge to the Predators on their home ice.