Free NHL Picks For Tonight (Dec 16): Predators vs Flames Prediction
Saturday is the beginning of another great hockey weekend. Saturday has eleven games on the board. I expect an exciting night of NHL action. Here are my best bets for December 16. If you have thought about buying sports betting picks you should read our Pay For Picks article and take advantage of our free NHL consensus betting picks for tonight. Odds for our NHL picks can be found at BetOnline.
Nashville Predators vs Calgary Flames Prediction
Nashville and Calgary meet for the second time this season on Saturday night. Nashville enters the night at 20-7-4. They are tied for first place in the Central Division. The Flames are 16-13-3, which has earned them a tie for fourth place in the Pacific Division.
Calgary enters the night after losing two straight. The Flames last loss came on Thursday night to the Sharks at home. Calgary has struggled this season but won the first game against the Predators on October 24. Nashville scored the first two goals, but Calgary tied it up at 2-2 in the third period. The Flames pulled off the upset in a shootout.
Nashville enters the game as one of the NHL’s hottest teams. Nashville has been on a Canadian road trip for their last two games. The Predators played the Canucks and the Oilers in their first two road games. In those two matchups the Predators outscored their opponents 11-1. Nashville is hot right now and the Flames could be in trouble because of it. Mike Smith is expected to get the start for the Flames. Smith has been playing solid for Calgary. Smith is 13-10-3 this season. He has a save percentage of .918 and a 2.62 GAA. Smith will have his work cut out for him against the hot Predators offense.
Nashville will likely have Pekka Rinne manning the crease on Saturday night. Rinne has never slowed down since last year’s playoff run. Rinne has posted a .927 save percentage and a GAA of 2.34. He has gone 17-4-3 in his starts this season. Ever since joining the Predators Kyle Turris has been a point per game player. Turris’ presence has given a new sense of life to the Predators offense. With Turris taking over the second line, Jarnkrok and Bonino have excelled on the third and fourth line. The Predators demand attention on all four offensive lines, which could be difficult for the Flames to match up against.
Nashville Predators (-105) at Calgary Flames (-105)
Nashville has a clear advantage on the special teams as well. Nashville has been scoring on 27.12 percent of their man advantages. On top of that, the Predators have stopped 83.08 percent of the power plays against them. Calgary has been scoring only 18.35 percent of the time on their power plays. The Flames penalty kill has been able to stop about 76.70 percent of the penalties against them.
Nashville holds an advantage in so many categories against the Flames. Both teams are listed at -105, which is wrong. The Predators were underdogs in their last road game, but won 4-0. I believe Nashville should be listed as a clear favorite. The only advantage the Flames hold is that this will be Nashville’s third game in four nights.