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NHL Picks: Calgary vs. Nashville Betting Prediction: March 21st 2013

NHL Picks: March 21st 2013
Calgary vs. Nashville
Prediction: Nashville -134 odds
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The Preds are coming off a grueling road trip, playing five in a row away from home. They lost the last four of those games, and they now sit four points out of eighth in the Western Conference, and out of the playoff picture. They are likely happy to return home, where they have enjoyed far more success, and they face an opponent that appears to be tailor-made for a team that is badly in need of a win.

The Calgary Flames come into Nashville with little hope remaining as far as the playoffs are concerned. After losing four of six, and seven straight on the road, Calgary sits level on points with last place Colorado in the Western Conference. The return of starting netminder Mikka Kiprusoff hasn’t helped, as only two teams in the league have allowed more goals this year than Calgary. Kirprusoff has won his last two starts at home, allowing five goals combined in those games. He hasn’t fared so well on the road though, allowing 10 goals in his last two starts away from home, losing both those games.

Nashville has really struggled all year on the road, but they are a much better team at home. Pekka Rinne has a lot to do with their success, and while he’s been lit up during this recent road trip, he’s only allowed a single goal in his last two starts on home ice. Rinner leads the league with five shutouts already this season, and four of those have come in Nashville. I expect to see the veteran netminder on top of his game tonight, with his team playing solid defense in front of him.

Take the Preds.