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Nashville Predators vs Calgary Flames, January 27th 2016
NHL Starting Goalies
- Nashville Predators -> Carter Hutton
Carter Hutton recorded a shutout on 29 saves in the Predators’ 3-0 win against the Wild on Saturday night. Hutton has a 2.55 goals against average and .910 save percentage which is better than Rinne (.902).
Hutton is 4-3 with a 2.55 goals against average on the year, while vs the Flames he’s 2-1 with a 2.97 goals against average in his career
- Calgary Flames -> Karri Ramo
The Calgary goalie stopped 28 of the 30 shots he faced from the Stars but the Flames could score only once and the net result was a 2-1 loss for Ramo and his teammates in Dallas. Ramo was yanked from the Calgary net Sunday after allowing three goals on 19 shots. But he was solid Monday. His goals-against average even improved, to 2.64 from 2.66, and his save percentage went up to .910 from .909. His win-loss record, however, is back to .500, at 16-16-1.
Ramo vs the Preds he’s gone 2-1 with a 2.86 goals against average in his career.
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Nashville ranks 16th overall in scoring at 2.6 goals per game and 7th in power play conversions, converting on 20.6% of their chances. On defense they currently rank 19th in goals allowed, giving up 2.7 goals per game, while allowing teams to convert on 21.8% of their power play chances, which awfully ranks 25th in the league.
Defense along with goaltending have keyed Nashville’s three straight wins. After allowing 3.5 goals during a 2-6-2 stretch, the Predators have surrendered one in each game during the run.
Rine never played well in Calgary, going 1-5-0 with a 3.48 goals-against average in nine starts.
Calgary currently ranks 13th overall in scoring, potting 2.6 goals per game, while converting on just 13.9% of their power play chances, which is dead pucking last in the league. On defense they are 29th in goals allowed, giving up 3.0 goals per game, while allowing teams to convert on 24.3% of their power play chances, which horrifically ranks 29th.
It’s no surprise that Johnny Gaudreau’s production is tied directly to Calgary’s success. The Flames are 11-2-0 in games when New Jersey boy Gaudreau scores at least one goal and 10-21-3 when he fails to find the net.
He’s also been a much more productive player at home, tallying 17 goals and 33 of his team-leading 46 points there. He has just three goals and 13 points in 24 road contests.
Money Line Odds
- Nashville: (-110)
- Calgary: (-110)
Game Total Odds
- Over 5.5 (+120)
- Under 5.5 (-140)
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