Calgary Flames (1-2-0) at Nashville Predators (2-0-0)
|Date & Time||Tuesday October 14, 2014, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Nashville Predators -175 / Calgary Flames +159 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Predators look to move to 3-0 with a win on home ice against the Calgary Flames in what should be an exciting contest in Nashville on Tuesday.
The Flames have alternated wins and losses through the first three contests but their lone win came against the Edmonton Oilers so you have to take that into consideration when looking at the moderate success the team has had so far on the young season. Calgary is projected to finish near the bottom of the league standings this season and for good reason and while things look bright for the future I think it’ll be at least a couple more years before they get back into playoff contention. The Flames were dealt a tough blow after it was learned that 2014 first round pick Sam Bennett would be sidelined for most of the season after having shoulder surgery and while it was uncertain as to whether the Flames would have kept the young forward on their active roster for the entire season it would have been nice to at least have that option. Calgary heads into Nashville with a -2 goal differential and they’ll have to find a ways to score goals against a revamped Nashville side.
The Predators were a preseason sleeper to do some damage in the Western Conference this season and while they had an off year in 2013-14 it is easy to see why they are predicted to make a playoff run after the acquisitions they made in the offseason. The biggest of which to me is bringing in James Neal from the Pittsburgh Penguins to shore up the team’s offense as he finally brings a face to the team’s scoring woes and he is a legitimate threat to put up 30 goals for a team that is notoriously bad offensively. Pekka Rinne remains the only question mark as his health is always a concern but if he can return back to Vezina form this team could do great things as their defense is among the game’s best and should have no issues retaining that reputation this season. This is a tough spot as the Preds are pretty heavy favourites and the Flames aren’t as bad as the line indicates but I think Nashville is the only play here and I see them doing so in regulation.