Free NHL Picks: Predators Flounder On The Road, Take Flames

Bruce Webster

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 1:37 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 1:37 PM UTC

The Nashville Predators had a game in Vancouver on Tuesday night, while the Calgary Flames come in off a 2-1 road loss to the Dallas Stars, who will be our NHL pick tonight?

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NHL Pick: Flames -105
Best Line Offered:  at Pinnacle


Ekholm Leads Preds over Oilers
The Nashville Predators had been struggling of late, but they have now put up a pair of 4-1 road wins over Winnipeg and Edmonton in their last two games. This was the first time since October that the Preds had scored more than three goals in back-to-back games. In the win over the Oilers it was Mattias Ekholm that lead the charge with two goals in the game, which were his 6th and 7th of the year. Also scoring in the win was Mike Fisher, which was his 6th of the year and Filip Forsberg, which was his 14th of the year. Forsberg had an assist as well. The Preds have now won three of their last four games, after losing five in a row.

Pekka Rinne to the win in the last two games, but he is still 18-22 on the year with a 2.50 GAA. He has been inconsistent after his hot start to the year. He is slated to start in Vancouver on Tuesday night, so getting the call in this one will be Carter Hutton, who is 4-3 with a 2.55 GAA on the year, while vs the Flames he is 2-1 with a 2.97 GAA in his career. The Preds check in at 16th in the league in scoring at 2.6 gpg and 7th in power play conversions, converting on 20.6% of their chances. On defense they are 19th in goals allowed, giving up just 2.7 gpg, while allowing teams to convert on 21.8% of their power play chances, which is 25th in the league.


Offense a No-show in Loss to Dallas
The Calgary Flames have been a decent offensive team this year, but on monday night that offense really didn’t show up in their 2-1 road loss to Dallas. The Flames have now lost four of their last five games and they have scored two goals or less in all four of the losses. That is something that this team is not used to doing this year. They are led by Johnny Gaudreau, who has 20 goals already, after posting 24 in 80 games last year as a rookie. He is the future of this team. Overall the Flames have seven players on the team with at least seven goals on the year. Joe Colborne scored the lone goal vs the Stars, which was his 7th of the year.

Absorbing the loss was Karri Ramo, who has now lost four of his last five starts. He has not had a great year as he is just 16-17 with  2.64 GAA overall, including 10-6 with a 2.57 GAA, while vs the Preds he has gone 2-1 with a 2.86 GAA in his career. The Flames check in at 13th in the league in scoring, putting up 2.6 ppg, while converting on just 13.9% of their power play chances, which is last in the league. On defense they are 29th in goals allowed, giving up 3.0 gpg, while allowing teams to convert on 24.3% of their power play chances, which is 29th. Let's review the NHL odds and the latest trends now:


Nashville Trends
16-35 in their last 51 games playing on 0 days rest
3-8 in their last 11 road games

Calgary Trends
13-4 in their last 17 home games
40-18 in their last 58 home games vs. a team with a road winning percentage of less than .400


Betting Analysis
I will go with the Flames, my NHL pick here, as they have been a much better team at home than on the road of late and the Preds have struggled away from home, plus they are playing with no rest. All of this does not bode well at all for the Preds in this one. The Preds have lost the last four in this series and this is not a good spot for them to break that streak.

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