Nashville Predators vs. Calgary Flames Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Feb 05, 2020

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The Nashville Predators and Calgary Flames have both disappointed this season and both made coaching changes. They meet at the Saddledome on Thursday night.

Nashville
35-26-5-3
AT
February 06, 2020, 9:00 PM ET
Scotiabank Saddledome
Calgary
36-27-6-1
Puckline -1.5 +234
Moneyline -120
Over / Under o +6

41%

Betting Action

59%

Puckline +1.5 -283
Moneyline -105
Over / Under u +6

41%

Betting Action

59%

The New Jersey Devils fired coach John Hynes in early December, but about a month later he landed on his feet with the Nashville Predators, becoming that franchise’s third-ever head coach. Hynes replaced a fired Peter Laviolette.

Of course, the tenure of Calgary coach Bill Peters ended in late November after allegations he used racial slurs and physical abuse a decade ago while coaching in the American Hockey League. Geoff Ward replaced him. The St. Louis Blues proved last season you can win a Stanley Cup following an in-season coaching change. Nashville, though, is on the outside of the Western Conference playoff field and three points behind the Flames, who are in the second Wild-Card spot as of this writing.

Predators vs. Flames Betting Analysis

This is the second of three meetings between the Predators and Flames this season and the only one in Calgary. On Halloween, the Flames were 6-5 overtime winners in Nashville. The Preds led 4-1 entering the third. Matthew Tkachuk tied it at 5-5 at 19:21 and then scored the OT winner with just over a second remaining on a shot between his legs. That has been one of the most memorable plays of the season in the league. Calgary’s David Rittich made 31 saves, while Pekka Rinne made 21 saves. Rinne, a former Vezina Trophy winner, is not having a season up to his usual standards.

The road team is 6-1 in the past seven meetings. The over is 4-1 in the previous five.

Nashville Predators

Nashville started a four-game trip through Canada with a 2-1 overtime victory in Winnipeg on Tuesday. Mikael Granlund’s 11th goal of the season at 1:11 of OT was the winner. It was his first game-winning goal of the season. Nick Bonino (16th of the year) also scored for Nashville, which is 4-2-0 in its past six games. Juuse Saros allowed one goal on 34 shots. Winger Calle Jarnkrok missed his third in a row due to an illness. He has 12 goals and 15 assists in 49 games. Blueliner Roman Josi leads the team with 51 points and a plus-22 rating. Nashville is 2-6 in its past eight Thursday games.

Calgary Flames

The Flames lost for the fourth time in five games Tuesday, 3-1 at home to a bad Sharks team. Aaron Dell, from Airdrie and who played his Junior A hockey in Calgary, stopped 30 shots for San Jose. The Flames led 1-0 early in the second on Johnny Gaudreau’s 14th goal of the season, coming on the power play. It was Johnny Hockey’s first power-play goal since Dec. 5. Rittich allowed three goals on 26 shots. Top defenceman Mark Giordano suffered a lower-body injury and couldn’t return. Needless to say, if he misses a fair amount of time that’s a big blow to Calgary’s playoff chances. The Flames are 3-8 in their past 11 at home.

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