Predators vs Flames Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 2/6/2020
Game: Nashville Predators vs Calgary Flames
Date: Thursday, February 6, 2020
Location: Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB
Odds/Point Spread: Predators (+109) Flames (-120)
Scotiabank Saddledome is the site where David Rittich and the Calgary Flames (27-21-6, 5th in the Pacific Division) will take on the Nashville Predators (25-20-7, 4th in the Central Division) on Thursday. The Flames open this game at -120 while the Predators are coming in at +109. The total opens at 6.5. The Predators cover 46.0% of the time, having gone 23-27 SU. Calgary covers 43.8% of the time, going 21-27 straight up.
The Nashville Predators head into this game holding a record of 25 wins and 20 losses, which is good for 4th in the Central Division. During the year thus far, they have earned a total of 169 goals which is 4th in the Western Conference and 10th in the NHL. Their goal differential is 0, which is good for 19th in the NHL. The Predators currently have a total of 57 pts, which is 20th in the NHL and 9th in the West. In the matter of shots toward the net, they currently have a total of 1,738 which is 3rd in the conference and 6th in the NHL. As a team, Nashville has a total of 876 hits which means they are averaging 16.8 per game. They currently have a total of 624 blocks for this year. The man looking after the net for Nashville is Pekka Rinne from Kempele, Finland. He is 37 years old and has played a total of 1,793 minutes minding the goal for the season. Rinne is surrendering an average of 3.01 goals per contest which places him at 26th among West goalies and 48th among goalies in the NHL. During this year, he's allowed 90 goals. He has a save percentage of .898 which places him at 27th among West goalies.
The Nashville Predators will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 2 - 1 win over the Winnipeg Jets in their previous contest. The Predators had a below average offensive performance in the victory. For this outing, they finished 2 of the 36 shots they attempted. They also had 2 power play chances but didn't net one. Nashville racked up a total of 6 penalty minutes while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Predators was 49 and the Corsi against was 52 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 48.5%. Their Fenwick was 40 while the Fenwick against was 39, which earned them a Fenwick percentage of 50.6%. They earned 24 face-off wins and lost 28 attempts to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts came in at 41.2% and they had a PDO of 103.1 for this game. When it comes to their opponent, the Winnipeg Jets tallied a total of 34 shots. They finished with 4 penalty mins and they had 3 power play opportunities.
The Flames are the team looking to add points to their total and for the campaign they have 27 victories and 21 losses. With regard to goal differential, they are currently sitting 12th in the West and 25th in the league with -24. They currently have a total of 141 goals for this year which is good for 11th in the conference. Calgary has a team save % of .906 which has them sitting 14th in the league, which tells us scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They have a team shooting percentage of 8.4% ranking them 14th in the conference. In goal for Calgary is David Rittich who is having an ok season by allowing 2.88 GAA and that ranks him 19th among Western Conference goalies and 38th in the NHL among goalies. In the 2,293 mins he has been on the ice this season, he has given up 110 goals. He has a save percentage of .909, which has him ranking 19th among Western Conference goalies and 36th in the NHL among goalies.
The Calgary Flames faced the San Jose Sharks in a game where the Flames took the loss by a tally of 3 - 1. For this game, Calgary went home with a 52.1% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 49 while the opposition had a Corsi of 45. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 50.0% with a Fenwick of 34 and the Sharks having a 34 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Calgary had and you could say that they have had better days on the ice. They had a PDO at even strength of 88.0 and they earned an oZS percentage of 45.7%. The Flames notched 1 goal out of the 31 shots on goal they attempted. They had 2 power play opportunities in this game and netted 1 out of those chances. Concerning their opponent, the Sharks had 1 power play chance but weren't able to put the puck in the net. Calgary gave up 26 shots on goal and the Sharks racked up a total of 9 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Nashville (+109)
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