Anaheim Ducks vs. Calgary Flames - 12/29/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Calgary Flames (18-15-4) at Anaheim Ducks (16-14-8)
NHL Hockey: Friday, December 29, 2017 at 10:00 pm (Honda Center)
The Line: Anaheim Ducks / Calgary Flames --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: RSNW, FSWHD
The Calgary Flames and Anaheim Ducks meet Friday in NHL action at the Honda Center.
The Calgary Flames could use a victory here after losing five of their last seven games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 17.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Monahan leads Calgary with 17 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 28 assists and Matthew Tkachuk has 84 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 77.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Mike Smith has given up 77 goals on 950 shots faced and David Rittich has allowed seven goals on 86 shots. The Calgary Flames have allowed three or less goals in their last 10 games.
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The Anaheim Ducks look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 17.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Rickard Rakell leads Anaheim with 10 goals, Corey Perry has 16 assists and Brandon Montour has 77 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 82.6 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given up 73 goals on 937 shots faced and Ryan Miller has allowed 20 goals on 276 shots. The Anaheim Ducks have allowed three or more goals in five of their last six games.
The Flames are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest, 38-15 in their last 53 vs. a team with a losing record and 0-4 in their last 4 Friday games. The Ducks are 6-15 in their last 21 games playing on 1 days rest, 2-8 in their last 10 vs. Western Conference and 0-4 in their last 4 Friday games. The Flames are 1-29 in the last 30 meetings in Anaheim, 13-39 in the last 52 meetings and the home team is 52-18 in the last 70 meetings.
The Flames have done well on the end of a back to back recently and have been sharp defensively, but they've had zero success playing in Anaheim over the years. Just one win in the last 30 tries? Yeah, no thank you. Sometimes a team simply has your number, and this trend is as strong as you can get. Give me the Anaheim Ducks on their home ice.