Nashville Predators will take on the Calgary Flames in Tuesday’s action of the NHL 2021-22. The hosts search for the post-season ticket, and they hope to secure a victory here. The away side has already booked their playoffs spot, and they want to pick up where they left off.
Nashville searches for consistency since they have been running hot and cold recently. Nevertheless, they are still in the playoffs zone, and they intend to stay there. On the other hand, Calgary is full of confidence, as they enjoy an excellent streak. The visitors want to remain in the 2nd position in the Western Conference ahead of the battles for Stanley Cup.
Nashville Predators – Can they stay in the playoffs zone?
The Predators eye the post-season ticket since they sit in 4th place in the Central Division with a 43-28-5 record. However, their form hasn’t been stable recently, as the home side booked only two wins on the previous six occasions. It will be Nashville’s fifth straight game on the home ice, and they lost twice in front of their fans during that period. The Predators had many defensive issues in their most recent match, which they lost to the St. Louis Blues 8-3. Although they had three shots more than their opponents, both Nashville’s goalies conceded four goals each.
Roman Josi has contributed the most to the Predators’ offense this season, having a team-high 68 assists and a total of 88 points. Matt Duchene tops the team’s scoring charts with 39 goals while contributing with 77 points. Filip Forsberg has contributed with 75 pts, Ryan Johansen and Mikael Granlund have crossed the 50-point mark, while Mikael Granlund chipped in with 41 pts. On the other hand, Juuse Saros has been Nashville’s first-choice goalie with 64 appearances, having a .920 save percentage and allowing 2.58 goals per match.
Expected Line-Up: Juuse Saros, Roman Josi, Alexandre Carrier, Tanner Jeannot, Matt Duchene, Mikael Granlund
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Calgary Flames – Will they pick up where they left off?
The Flames have been on fire over the past few weeks, winning seven times on the previous eight occasions. They lost only to the Vegas Golden Knights 6-1 at home, but since then, the visitors tied two wins. Calgary sits on the top of the Pacific Division with a 47-20-9 record, being nine points ahead of the Edmonton Oilers. The Flames were better than the Chicago Blackhawks in their latest match, celebrating a 5-2 victory. Johnny Gaudreau led their way to success by scoring a brace, while Blake Coleman scored a goal and logged an assist.
Johnny Gaudreau is among the most productive NHL players with 107 points, topping the team’s assists charts with 69. Matthew Tkachuk is the Flames’ best scorer with 39 goals, while he needs just two more pts to get to the 100-point mark. Elias Lindholm has contributed with 78 points, while Andrew Mangiapane managed to reach the 50s. Rasmus Andersson and Noah Hanifin have produced 40+ pts each, while two other skaters have chipped in with at least 30 points. On the goal, Jacob Markstrom spent most of the time between the pipes with 61 apps, allowing 2.22 goals per contest and having a .923 save percentage.
Expected Line-Up: Jacob Markstrom, Rasmus Andersson, Noah Hanifin, Matthew Tkachuk, Elias Lindholm, Johnny Gaudreau
Expert Pick #1 – Flames to win (Inc. OT and Pen.) @-135
Although the Preds in the underdog role look tempting, they have had some issues lately. On the other hand, Calgary is full of confidence, and I expect them to continue their winning streak. Therefore, I’ll back the visitors as my first pick at a reasonable price.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 6 @-120
Both teams have participated in high-scoring matches recently, and I believe they can continue in the same fashion. Calgary’s last four went over the margin, as well as Nashville’s previous two. That’s why I’m going to take the Over as my second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Flames Over 3.5 @+115
The Flames produced 14 goals in their last two matches, while the Predators conceded 15 times on the previous three occasions. Although it is a bit risky pick, I’m going to take Calgary Over 3.5 at the plus money odds as the second alternative for this matchup.