Flames at Canucks - 4/15/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Calgary Flames (45-30-7) at Vancouver Canucks (48-29-5)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Rogers Arena)
The Line: Vancouver Canucks -141 / Calgary Flames +128 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks meet Wednesday in the first round of the playoffs.
The Calgary Flames ended the season winning five of their last seven games. The Flames are averaging 2.9 goals and have scored seven goals in their last three games. The Calgary Flames have two power play goals in their last five games and have won five straight when scoring at least three goals. Jiri Hudler and Sean Monahan have combined for 62 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 40 assists and Lance Bouma has 104 shots on goal. Defensively, the Flames are allowing 2.6 goals and haven’t allowed a power play goal in four straight games. Jonas Hiller has allowed 113 goals on 1,376 shots faced and Karri Ramo has given up 75 goals on 852 shots.
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The Vancouver Canucks ended the year also winning five of their last seven games. The Canucks are averaging 2.9 goals and have scored 13 goals in their last three games. The Vancouver Canucks have four power play goals in their last four games and have won six of their last eight when scoring at least three goals. Radim Vrbata leads Vancouver with 31 goals, Daniel Sedin has 56 assists and Henrik Sedin has 101 shots on goal. Defensively, the Canucks are allowing 2.7 goals and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five straight games. Eddie Lack has allowed 95 goals on 1,201 shots faced and Ryan Miller has given up 107 goals on 1,198 shots.
The Flames are 2-5 in their last 7 Conference Quarterfinals games and 22-6 in their last 28 vs. Pacific. The Canucks are 11-5 in their last 16 home games and 0-5 in their last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Flames are 7-20 in the last 27 meetings in Vancouver and 17-35 in the last 52 meetings overall.
The Canucks have been nothing but money on their home ice, and the Flames haven't had great success playing in Vancouver. I like the home team to strike first in this series.