Calgary Flames vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 12/31/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Blackhawks (18-14-5) at Calgary Flames (18-16-4)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 9:00 pm (Scotiabank Saddledome)
The Line: Calgary Flames -145 / Chicago Blackhawks +131 --- Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Blackhawks and Calgary Flames meet Sunday in NHL action at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
The Chicago Blackhawks look for another win after winning six of their last nine games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 14.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 15 goals, Duncan Keith has 17 assists and Jonathan Toews has 98 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 82.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 60 goals on 842 shots faced and Anton Forsberg has allowed 30 goals on 307 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed three or more goals in their last four games.
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The Calgary Flames could use a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 17.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Monahan leads Calgary with 17 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 28 assists and Matthew Tkachuk has 86 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 77.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Mike Smith has given up 77 goals on 950 shots faced and David Rittich has allowed nine goals on 118 shots. The Calgary Flames have allowed three or less goals in their last 11 games.
The Blackhawks are 2-6 in their last 8 road games, 61-25 in their last 86 Sunday games and 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win. The Flames are 1-6 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest, 2-5 in their last 7 home games and 2-6 in their last 8 overall. The Blackhawks are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Calgary, 6-2 in the last 8 meetings and the under is 12-3-1 in the last 16 meetings.
The Chicago Blackhawks have had their struggles on the road this season, but we're getting plus money with an experienced team that's in much better form overall. The Calgary Flames aren't winning enough recently to be laying this type of juice, and they've been on the losing side in six of the last eight meetings against Chicago. There's value with the Blackhawks and the plus money based on the current form of both clubs.