Nashville vs Calgary NHL Odds Report
I have spoken before about how every single NHL betting season throws out a team that is a surprise package in a good way. What I did not talk about where the surprise teams who ended up being a whole lot worse than people guessed they would be. The Calgary Flames were the big surprise hit of last season, but they have been a crushing disappointment this time around, and may well be proving that last year was nothing more than lightning in a bottle. The Flames are unlikely to make it into the playoffs this time around, and are in fact still in the running to get the top pick at the next draft. The fact that they did not do much at the trade deadline suggests that this might be a team that is going to be active in free agency, especially with so much cap space still sitting wide open. The Flames will have another tough outing on Wednesday when they welcome the Nashville Predators to town.
Nashville vs Calgary NHL Odds Report and TV Info
When: Wednesday, March 9 at 9:30 PM EST
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary
Radio: WPRT and CFAC
Live Stream: NHL.tv
NHL Odds: TBA
Why Bet on the Nashville Predators
The Predators (33-21-12) started a tough 5-game West Coast road swing in positive fashion the other night with a convincing 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Nashville will have a game in Winnipeg on Tuesday night before they head into Calgary, so there is the possibility that a little bit of fatigue could play a role in this one. That said, there seems to be no slowing down the Predators at the moment, as they are 7-0-3 in their last 10 games. They hold one of the Wild Card spots in the Western Conference, and their win in Colorado the other night saw them open up a 6-point lead on the Avalanche, who are the top team in the chasing pack. The Predators are averaging 2.7 GPG, and are giving up 2.5 GPG.
Why Bet on the Calgary Flames
It is fairly obvious where the major problem is for the Calgary Flames (27-34-5), as their goaltending group has just not been getting the job done all season long. There were some who believed that they might make a move for a goalie at the trade deadline, but management made it clear that they would address that issue in the postseason. The Flames are just 2-6-2 in their last 10 games, but they have taken 3 points out of a possible 4 in their last two outings, both of which came against solid opponents in Pittsburgh and San Jose. Calgary are loaded with talent on offense, and they can score goals, which always makes them something of a dangerous proposition. The Flames are averaging 2.7 GPG, and are giving up 3.1 GPG.
Expert Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction
The last two meetings between Calgary and Nashville have ended 2-1, with both teams splitting those wins. I think we can expect to see a lot more goals in this one, as well as a win for the Predators.
Nashville Predators 5 Calgary Flames 3