Nashville Predators vs. Calgary Flames, Saturday, NHL Sports Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Predictions

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Nashville at Calgary, NHL Sports Betting Lines
When: 10:00 PM ET, Saturday, December 16, 2017
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta
TV: 10 p.m. ET, FSN Tennessee (Nashville), CBC, Sportsnet (Calgary)
Team Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Puck Line Money Line Total
21 Nashville Predators +1½ -285 +111 Ov 6 -101
222 Calgary Flames -1½ +240 -123 Un 6 -109
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The fans at Scotiabank Saddledome will be treated to a game between the Nashville Predators and the Calgary Flames when they take their seats on Saturday.

ABOUT THE PREDATORS (20-7-4): Filip Forsberg, who notched an assist on Thursday to extend his point streak to three games, scored a power-play goal in the first encounter versus Calgary. Defenseman Roman Josi also tallied with the man-advantage in that contest as well as on Thursday to record his second point of the road trip. Fiala netted a power-play goal versus the Oilers to increase his point streak to six games (five goals, three assists) while fellow forward Calle Jarnkrok owns a four-game run with three goals and two assists.

ABOUT THE FLAMES (16-13-3): Calgary’s power play is mired in a 2-for-28 funk since Nov. 28, with the only spark it provided coming from coach Glen Gulutzan. “I thought the power plays in the second (period) took some momentum out of our sails,” Gulutzan said. “Couldn’t win a draw on the (38-second) 5-on-3. And the other full power play I don’t think we even got in (the offensive zone). So it took a little zip out of us.” For the record, the Flames failed on all four of their opportunities with the man advantage in the previous encounter versus Nashville.

Oddsmakers opened the Predators as -105-moneyline favorites versus the Flames, while the game’s total opened at 5.5.

The Nashville Predators limped out of the gate with seven losses in 12 games to make many wonder if a Stanley Cup Finals hangover was weighing heavily on their minds. The Music City residents changed their tune in short order, winning 15 of their subsequent 19 contests heading into the finale of a three-game trek through Western Canada and a date with the Calgary Flames on Saturday.

In-season acquisition Kyle Turris collected a goal and an assist in Thursday’s 4-0 win against Edmonton to give him nine points (two goals, seven assists) during his six-game point streak. “Sometimes you make a trade like that (and) they never find their footing. He’s come in, and that line has just been terrific every night,” Predators coach Peter Laviolette said of Turris fitting right in with linemates Kevin Fiala and Craig Smith following a three-way trade on Nov. 5. While Nashville owns a 5-0-1 mark in December, Calgary has lost some of its steam with losses in six of nine outings (3-5-1) this month to fall on the wrong side of the early playoff picture. Johnny Gaudreau scored in a 3-2 loss to San Jose on Thursday and had an assist in the Flames’ 3-2 shootout win in Nashville on Oct. 24.

Calgary was a 3-2 loser in its last match at home against the Sharks. They lost as favorites, while the total score of 5 made winners of UNDER bettors.

Nashville won its last outing, a 4-0 result against the Oilers on December 14. Bettors who backed the Predators at +106 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

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Nashville:
Team record: 20-7-4 SU
Nashville is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Nashville is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Nashville’s last 5 games

Calgary:
Team record: 16-13-3 SU
Calgary is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Calgary is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Calgary’s last 5 games

Next up:
Nashville home to Winnipeg Tuesday, December 19
Calgary at Vancouver Sunday, December 17

NHL Hockey Betting Tips

1. Calgary C Sam Bennett has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his past nine games after mustering three points in his previous 23 contests.

2. Nashville G Pekka Rinne has stopped 131 of 140 shots to post a 3-0-1 mark this month.

3. Flames G Mike Smith has permitted seven goals in his last four outings, but owns a 1-1-2 mark to show for it.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Picks: Nashville Predators will win outright at +111 and the game will go over 6 goals according to scamdicappersscamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Predators 4, Flames 2 at .

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