Flames vs. Canucks - 2/19/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Vancouver Canucks (22-22-12) at Calgary Flames (25-28-3)
NHL Hockey: Friday, February 19, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Scotiabank Saddledome)
The Line: Calgary Flames -140 / Vancouver Canucks +127 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: RSNP, RSNW
The Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames meet Friday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
The Vancouver Canucks need a nice win after losing six of their last eight games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 17 percent of their power plays. Daniel Sedin leads Vancouver with 22 goals, Jannik Hansen has 12 assists and Radim Vrbata has 177 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 81.1 percent of their power play chances. Ryan Miller has allowed 96 goals on 1,146 shots faced and Jacob Markstrom has given up 46 goals on 582 shots. Miller has allowed six goals in his last three games.
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The Calgary Flames look for consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 15.7 percent of their power plays. Johnny Gaudreau leads Calgary with 22 goals, Sean Monahan has 22 assists and Sam Bennett has 99 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 73.3 percent of their power play chances. Jonas Hiller has allowed 57 goals on 502 shots faced and Joni Ortio has given up 12 goals on 87 shots. Hiller has allowed 12 goals in his last three games.
The Canucks are 7-3 in their last 10 games playing on 0 days rest and 4-12 in their last 16 vs. Western Conference. The Flames are 2-8 in their last 10 vs. Western Conference and 2-5 in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. The Canucks are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Calgary and 3-8 in the last 11 meetings overall.
The Canucks have handled the ends of backs to backs very well as of late, but they're still a struggling hockey team that's running into a rested and desprate Calgary team. If forced to pick this game, I have more faith in the Flames at home than I do the Canucks on the road with zero rest.