Nashville Predators vs. Calgary Flames
Hockey Pick: Under 5 goals (October 31st 2014)
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As is the case with any NHL game, there’s a decent chance these two teams will score a total of five goals tonight. That being said, I believe there is a far greater chance that they come up short of the number, rather than go over that total.
The Flames have only seen one of their nine games so far go over the total, while the Predators have seen the total go under in 8-of-10. Both teams have played rock solid defense this season, and each team comes in riding a hot goaltender.
Jonas Hiller has surrendered just three goals over his last four starts, with a record of 3-2-1 with a 1.63 GAA for the season. Pekka Rinne is 6-1-1 with a 1.71 GAA, and he stopped 26-of-27 shots in a win at Edmonton in his latest start.
He’s had little room for error, as the Predators don’t score a lot of goals, and they are converting on a brutal 7% of their power-play chances. Calgary hasn’t been much better, and they could be thin up front tonight, with four centers listed as questionable (Stajan, Colborne, Backlund & Bennett).
We should see a defensive struggle in Cow Town tonight.