The Calgary Flames and the Nashville Predators have been up and down to kick off the NHL season as the two get ready to meet in Nashville on Tuesday night.
Flames vs. Predators
Date: Tuesday, October 24th – 8:00 PM ET
Location: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
NHL Odds: Predators -140
NHL Odds and Betting Analysis
The Predators opened up as a -140 favorite on the NHL odds board and that has to do with the momentum of the teams. While the Preds are 4-1-1 in their last six, the Flames have dropped three of four overall.
The Flames have won six of their last 10 meetings with the Predators. Five of those 10 meetings have gone under the posted total.
The Flames opened the season by winning three of their first four, but they have lost three of four since then. It is their third loss in four home games as well, while the Flames are 3-1-0 on the road this season, although that is going to change at some point. The Flames are going to have to start scoring more goals as they rank 28th in the NHL in that category, although they’re 14th on the power play. Sean Monahan has five goals, but no other player has more than two.
The Flames have struggled to find a long-term solution in net in recent years and Mike Smith doesn’t look like he’s the remedy. Smith is 4-4-0 so far this season with a 2.58 GAA and a save percentage of .927. After allowing just five goals in his first three outings, Smith has given up an average of 3.0 per game in his last five. Part of that is the fact that the Flames have been outshot in six of their games this season, and only four teams have allowed more shots on goal.
The Predators are 4-3-1 through their first eight games of the season and like the Flames, they’re having troubles finding the back of the net. They rank 26th in goals scored, although they’re 10th on the power play. Filip Forsberg has six goals and five assists to lead the way in points with 11, but no one else has more than seven points, which is where P.K. Subban sits with a goal and six assists. But it helps a lot that the Predators have an all-world goalie in Pekka Rinne and he has come to play this season, going 4-1-1 with a GAA of 2.01 and a save percentage of .932. The Predators would like to get him a bit more rest, but backup goalie Jusse Saros has lost both of his starts this season with a GAA of 3.53 and a save percentage of .854. With numbers like that, Rinne is going to have to carry a huge load in goal for the Predators, who have played three games at home this season, but they have won all three by a combined score of 14-7. The home-ice advantage, the goaltending and the momentum figure to be big edges for the Preds on Tuesday night.
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