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NHL : ATS Matchup
Friday 3/21/2014Line$ LineOU LineScore



NASHVILLE (29-31-0-10, 68 pts.) at CALGARY (28-34-0-7, 63 pts.)
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Friday, 3/21/2014 9:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
57NASHVILLE+100Ov 5.5,+110+100Ov 5,-150
58CALGARY-120Un 5.5,-130-120Un 5,+130
NASHVILLE - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games29-41-0-8.829-41-8.827-302.429.33.028.8
Team Stats (Road Games)14-20-0-214-20-215-142.429.33.030.1
Last 5 Games2-3-0-0.32-3-0.31-21.828.62.827.2
NASHVILLE Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)701655156544620538.0%2134119.2%284
Team Stats (Road Games)3482243125249968.2%1021817.6%138
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)59342011436.3%15213.3%17
Stats Against (All Games) 2086365701012201910.3%2104220.0%356
Stats Against (Road Games) 10336283366102210.1%1052019.0%180
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 144460013610.3%11327.3%24
NASHVILLE - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
DEVAN DUBNYK (All Games)343094584289.1%210-20-9.410-20-0-918-10
DEVAN DUBNYK (Road Games)191655349689.7%15-11-4.85-11-0-510-4
DEVAN DUBNYK (Last 4 Games)4412911286.8%01-3-1.71-3-0-14-0
MAGNUS HELLBERG (All Games)114375.0%00-1-10-1-0-11-0
MAGNUS HELLBERG (Road Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
MAGNUS HELLBERG (Last 4 Games)114375.0%00-1-10-1-0-11-0
CARTER HUTTON (All Games)353087278990.5%215-15+2.515-15-0+212-11
CARTER HUTTON (Road Games)211953548290.1%28-11-0.88-11-0-19-6
CARTER HUTTON (Last 4 Games)43716591.5%11-2-1.21-2-0-10-2
MAREK MAZANEC (All Games)252265058690.2%08-14-5.88-14-0-69-10
MAREK MAZANEC (Road Games)10826023791.2%03-5-1.33-5-0-23-4
MAREK MAZANEC (Last 4 Games)441008989.0%01-3-2.41-3-0-21-3
PEKKA RINNE (All Games)161542838990.9%16-9-2.26-9-0-23-9
PEKKA RINNE (Road Games)7619417791.2%13-3+1.23-3-0+12-4
PEKKA RINNE (Last 4 Games)4412210888.5%02-2+0.82-2-0+12-1

CALGARY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games28-41-0-3.528-41-3.529-362.426.72.928.1
Team Stats (Home Games)16-19-0-1.416-19-1.413-202.626.92.826.6
Last 5 Games3-2-0+2.53-2+2.52-23.627.62.422.0
CALGARY Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)69168375762121118449.1%2143215.0%287
Team Stats (Home Games)3592212936689419.8%1071715.9%158
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5184671113813.0%13538.5%31
Stats Against (All Games) 203566476711193810.5%2103717.6%358
Stats Against (Home Games) 993027393493210.6%991010.1%169
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 125430011010.9%1417.1%22
CALGARY - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
JOEY MACDONALD (All Games)8821719288.5%04-4+1.84-4-0+25-3
JOEY MACDONALD (Last 4 Games)441018887.1%01-3-1.21-3-0-13-1
JONI ORTIO (All Games)8818016390.6%04-4+0.74-4-0+12-5
JONI ORTIO (Last 4 Games)44857689.4%02-2+0.62-2-0+11-2
KARRI RAMO (All Games)292674667790.8%012-14+2.712-14-0+212-13
KARRI RAMO (Last 4 Games)43555192.7%03-0+3.23-0-0+32-1
Average power rating of opponents played: NASHVILLE 3.18,  CALGARY 3.16
NASHVILLE - Schedule
2/27/2014TAMPA BAY3-2W0, -110W5.5 unU
3/1/2014WINNIPEG1-3L0, -115L5.5 unU
3/4/2014PITTSBURGH1-3L0, +125L5.5 unU
3/6/2014ST LOUIS1-2L0, +130L5 ovU
3/8/2014COLUMBUS0-1L0, -120L5.5 unU
3/10/2014at OTTAWA4-3W0, +105W5.5 unO
3/11/2014at BUFFALO4-1W0, -120W5 ovP
3/14/2014at CHICAGO3-2W0, +180W5.5 unU
3/15/2014ST LOUIS1-4L0, +145L5 ovP
3/18/2014at EDMONTON1-5L0, -110L5.5 unO
3/19/2014at VANCOUVER0-2L0, +125L5 ovU
3/21/2014at CALGARY 
3/23/2014at CHICAGO 
3/28/2014at DALLAS 

CALGARY - Schedule
2/27/2014LOS ANGELES0-2L0, +120L5 ovU
3/1/2014at EDMONTON2-1W0, +100W5.5 unU
3/3/2014at MINNESOTA2-3L0, +160L5 unP
3/5/2014OTTAWA4-1W0, +105W5.5 unU
3/7/2014NY ISLANDERS4-3W0, -140W5.5 unO
3/8/2014at VANCOUVER1-2L0, +170L5 ovU
3/10/2014LOS ANGELES2-3L0, +155L5 unP
3/12/2014ANAHEIM7-2W0, +165W5 ovO
3/14/2014at DALLAS4-3W0, +185W5.5 unO
3/15/2014at PHOENIX2-3L0, +185L5.5 unU
3/18/2014BUFFALO3-1W0, -180W5 ovU
3/22/2014at EDMONTON 
3/24/2014SAN JOSE 
3/28/2014NY RANGERS 
3/30/2014at OTTAWA 
4/1/2014at TORONTO 
NASHVILLE: NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Making the playoffs has become so automatic for the Nashville Predators that they didn't react well to finishing below .500 for the first time in a decade.
They went shopping in a very big way hoping to make sure thatdoesn't happen again.
The Predators opened free agency signing five of the seven players they added on the first day. Right wing Viktor Stalberg from Stanley Cup champ Chicago is the key addition, and they also added Eric Nystrom, and Matt Hendricks and center Matt Cullen, who helped Carolina win the Stanley Cup in 2006.
"It shows all the commitment," captain Shea Weber said. "They made those moves, and they addressed the needs we have. They filled some spots, and obviously everyone's going to see what those guys are capable of. And we're going to see what they can do in the locker room as well."
Nashville will be looking for its eighth playoff berth in a decade this season trying to bounce back from a 16-23-9 record that put them 14th in the Western Conference.
"We feel like we're back to having the depth and the pieces to do what we need to do," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said.
The Predators will need scoring from the new players.
They averaged just 2.27 goals per game last season, tying Florida for the worst scoring average in the NHL. Stalberg is expected to be the biggest addition if he can prove that all he needed was more playing time after struggling to find ice time behind the offensive stars in Chicago. He tied for fifth in goals in Chicago despite ranking 20th in minutes per game last season.
"All the guys in the locker room expect us to be back in the playoffs this year and to make a run," Stalberg said. "We got what it takes in here. It's a matter of putting it all together and finding a way to win hockey games."
CALGARY: CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Flames coach Bob Hartley acknowledged the obvious when he publicly praised the selection of defenseman Mark Giordano as Calgary's captain.

``Mark represents all the qualities that we set as a coaching staff and an organization,'' Hartley said. ``He is a quality man who is proud to represent the Calgary Flames both on and off the ice. We are very happy with (him) setting the example for our team, and especially our young players, as we move through this crucial yet exciting period in the history of the Flames franchise.''
Indeed, they will need all the help they can get. Calgary is coming off another disappointing season, and there are fewer and fewer stars around the locker room these days.
The Flames launched a complete rebuilding of the franchise at the trade deadline last season, and continued the overhaul during the offseason with a series of trades. A playoff berth doesn't seem likely this year, but Calgary will have a foundation for the future, if nothing else.
The Flames open vs. Washington on Oct. 3.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (NASHVILLE-CALGARY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Predators-Flames Preview* ==========================


Nashville (29-31-10) at Calgary (28-34-7), 9:00 p.m. EDT

An offensive slump is pushing the Nashville Predators farther from the Western Conference playoff race and closer to the two teams at the bottom of the standings.

They'll try to end a three-game losing streak and reignite a desperate postseason push Friday night against the host Calgary Flames, who have surged to within five points of Nashville.

The Predators (29-31-10) are 3-7-0 in their last 10, getting held to one or no goals in each of the losses. They seemed to be back on track when they swept a three-game road trip March 10-14, totaling 11 goals, but they've since lost three straight while scoring twice.

The latest was a 2-0 defeat at Vancouver on Wednesday, during which Nashville held a 30-22 shot advantage.

"We've got to get some goals for our goaltender," coach Barry Trotz told the team's official website. "Carter Hutton had a good game for us. We need some production from our forwards. We've got virtually zero. If our defense aren't scoring, we're not scoring it seems like."

Hutton made 20 saves and has a 1.39 goals-against average in his last three games. Top goalie Pekka Rinne hasn't been quite as good, allowing nine goals in losing his last two starts.

The power play has had a significant role in the Predators' scoring issues. An 0-for-4 night in Vancouver left them at 2 for 33 in the last 10 games and 0 for 12 during the three-game skid.

Nashville's unlikely path to the postseason requires it to pass four teams in its last 12 contests, and the recent losses have it playing as much to stay out of the West cellar as to make the playoffs. In addition to the Flames, last-place Edmonton has been making up ground on the Predators recently.

Calgary (28-34-7) won for the third time in four games Tuesday, 3-1 over Buffalo.

The rebuilding Flames are playing largely free of expectations as the club takes an extended look at unproven players trying to establish themselves for next season.

"It's important because it's an audition," coach Bob Hartley told the team's official website. "It's a great audition for them. Right now, we're playing teams that they're fighting for a playoff spot; they're fighting to get a better spot in the top eight. We're living a playoff atmosphere.

"They might not feel the pressure, but still the games mean something. I think it's great for our learning process."

Among those players is rookie Joni Ortio, who needed to make only 13 saves against the Sabres to improve to 4-4-0 with a 2.16 GAA since debuting Feb. 27.

In front of him, veteran Michael Cammalleri has been providing plenty of offense. The center, rumored to be on the move prior to the trade deadline, has made the most of a less-climactic stretch run with five goals and two assists during a five-game point streak.

"I thought a few weeks ago, he was shooting as well as he is now, but it just seemed the puck would find a pad or find a post or miss the net," Hartley said. "Right now, Cammy's on fire."

This is the third and final meeting of the season between these clubs. The home team has won each, with the Flames earning a 5-4 shootout victory in the last matchup Jan. 24 despite four goals from the Predators' Eric Nystrom.

Last Updated: 4/26/2018 10:41:13 AM EST

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