Calgary Flames vs Nashville Predators NHL Point Spread Picks 10/31/2019
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators (8-3-1, 2nd in the Central Division) play the Calgary Flames (6-6-2, 6th in the Pacific Division) at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, October 31, 2019. The Flames open this matchup at +131 while the Predators are coming in at -145. The over/under has been set at 6. The Flames are covering 33.3% of the time, having gone 4-8 SU. The Predators are covering 66.7% of the time, going 8-4 straight up.
The Calgary Flames head into this game holding a record of 6 victories and 6 losses, which is good for 6th in the Pacific Division. During the season thus far, they have scored a total of 35 goals which is 8th in the West and 17th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -6, which is good for 21st in the NHL. The Flames have a total of 14 points, which is 17th in the NHL and 9th in the conference. When looking at shots at the opposing goalie, they have a total of 431 which is 4th in the Western Conference and 5th in the NHL. As a group, Calgary has earned a total of 155 hits which means they have an average of 11.1 per game. They have a total of 136 blocks for the year. In goal for Calgary is David Rittich from Jihlava, Czechoslovakia. He is 27 years old and has totaled 651 minutes minding the net for the campaign. Rittich is surrendering 2.86 goals per contest which has him ranked 15th among West goalies and 27th in the NHL. So far this year, he's allowed 31 goals. He's earned a save % of .910 which has him ranked 14th among West goalies.
The Calgary Flames will be looking to get a win in their next outing after their 2 - 1 defeat against the Carolina Hurricanes the last time they stepped on the ice. The Flames had a below average offensive performance in the loss. For this game, they converted 1 of the 29 shots they attempted. Furthermore, they had 3 power play attempts but weren't able to net one. Calgary earned 6 penalty minutes in this outing. The Corsi for the Flames was 33 and the Corsi against at even strength was 49 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 40.2%. Their Fenwick was 28 and the Fenwick against was 35, which tells us they had a Fenwick percentage of 44.4%. They won 20 face-off wins and were beaten on 23 of all total face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 38.6% and they had a PDO of 101.2 in this one. Concerning opponent stats, the Carolina Hurricanes tallied 28 shots. They ended the game with 6 minutes in the box and they had 3 power play attempts.
The Predators will be on the other side of the ice and for the current year they sit with 8 wins and 3 defeats. In terms of goal differential, they are ranked 1st in the West and 3rd in the NHL with +15. They currently have a total of 48 goals for this year which has them sitting at 1st in the West. Nashville has a save percentage as a team of .906 which has them sitting 15th in the NHL, which tells us there should be some opportunities to score. They are shooting 11.9% ranking them 2nd in the conference. In goal for Nashville is Pekka Rinne who is playing well this year by surrendering only 1.74 goals per game and that has him ranked 2nd in the Western Conference and 3rd among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 484 mins he's played, he has surrendered 14 goals. He has a save percentage of .937, which places him at 2nd in the Western Conference and 3rd among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Nashville Predators squared up with the Chicago Blackhawks in a game where the Predators earned a victory by a final of 3 - 0. In this game, Nashville wound up with a 66.7% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 58 while the opposition had a Corsi of 29. Their Fenwick rate was 64.2% by notching a Fenwick of 43 and the Blackhawks having earned a 24 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Nashville had and it shows us they played like an average team. They had a PDO at even strength of 109.1 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 62.1%. The Predators scored 3 goals out of the 51 shots on goal they tried. They had 5 power play opportunities in this one but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. Concerning the opposition, the Blackhawks had 3 power play attempts but didn't tally a goal. Nashville gave up 20 shots on goal and the Blackhawks racked up 10 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Calgary (+131)
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