Calgary Flames vs Nashville Predators Predictions, Hockey Picks 2/27/2020
Game: Calgary Flames vs Nashville Predators
Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020
Location: Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Flames (+118) Predators (-130)
Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators (31-23-8, 4th in the Central Division) host the Calgary Flames (33-25-6, 4th in the Pacific Division) at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, February 27, 2020. The Flames open this contest at +118 while the Predators are priced at -130. The O/U has been set at 6. The Flames are covering 46.6% of the time, having gone 27-31 SU. The Predators are covering 47.5% of the time, going 28-31 straight up.
The Calgary Flames step onto the ice holding a record of 33 wins and 25 defeats, ranking them 4th in the Pacific Division. So far this season, they have converted a total of 186 goals which has them at 9th in the conference and 19th in the league. Their goal differential is -11, ranking them 24th in the league. The Flames currently have a total of 72 points, which has them at 18th in the league and 7th in the Western Conference. With regard to shots on goal, they currently have a total of 2,031 which has them at 6th in the Western Conference and 12th in the league. As a group, Calgary has a total of 1,108 hits which has them averaging 17.3 per game. They currently have a total of 718 blocks for this season. Looking after the net for Calgary is David Rittich from Jihlava, Czechoslovakia. He is 27 years old and has played 2,614 mins defending the goal for the season. Rittich is conceding 2.89 GAA which ranks him 16th in the Western Conference and 35th among goaltenders in the NHL. For the year, he's given up 126 goals. His save % is .908 which ranks him 18th in the Western Conference.
The Calgary Flames were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 5 - 2 win against the Boston Bruins in their previous game. The Flames had a impressive offensive output in the victory. For this game, they netted 5 of the 31 shots they put on goal. In addition, they had 3 power play chances and scored 1 goal out of those attempts. Calgary ended up with 2 penalty minutes in their game. The Corsi for the Flames was 42 and the Corsi against was 51 giving them a Corsi percentage of 45.2%. Their Fenwick sat at 35 and the Fenwick against sat at 38, meaning they had a rate of 47.9%. They earned 28 face-off wins and lost 41 of all total face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 46.8% and they had a PDO of 110.6 for this one. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Boston Bruins tallied 28 shots. They finished with 6 penalty minutes and they tallied 1 power play opportunity.
The Predators are the team on the other side of the ice and for the campaign they sit with 31 victories and 23 losses. When talking about goal differential, they are ranked 8th in the conference and 19th in the league with 0. They have earned a total of 195 goals for this season which has them at 6th in the conference. Nashville has a team save % of .898 which has them sitting 26th in the league, which means scoring chances could be plentiful if they attack the goal. They have a shooting percentage of 9.5% which puts them at 6th in the conference. In goal for Nashville is Pekka Rinne who is having a tough year by surrendering 3.00 goals per game and that places him 24th among Western Conference goaltenders and 47th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 1,938 mins he has played, he's surrendered 97 goals. He holds a save % of .900, which puts him at 28th among Western Conference goaltenders and 55th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Nashville Predators went up against the Ottawa Senators in a game where the Predators notched a win by a mark of 3 - 2. For this game, Nashville went home with a 44.8% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 47 and their opponent having a Corsi of 58. Their Fenwick percentage was 40.8% with a Fenwick of 31 and the Senators finishing with a 45 Fenwick. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Nashville had and you could say that they didn't play great, but weren't awful either. Their PDO at even strength was 98.3 and they had an oZS percentage of 33.3%. The Predators converted 3 goals out of the 33 shots on goal they attempted. They had 3 power play chances in this game and were able to net 2 out of those opportunities. Concerning the opposition, the Senators had 2 power play attempts but were not able to score a goal. Nashville conceded 35 shots on goal and the Senators racked up 6 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Calgary (+118)
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