Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Calgary Flames - 3/5/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Calgary Flames (32-25-9) at Pittsburgh Penguins (37-25-4)
NHL Hockey: Monday, March 5, 2018 at 7:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -180 / Calgary Flames +162 --- Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds
TV: AT&TSN, TSN
The Calgary Flames and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Monday in NHL action at the PPG Paints Arena.
The Calgary Flames could use a victory here after losing six of their last eight games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 18 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Monahan leads Calgary with 29 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 53 assists and Matthew Tkachuk has 174 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Mike Smith has given up 116 goals on 1,477 shots faced and David Rittich has allowed 41 goals on 411 shots. The Calgary Flames have allowed three or more goals in six of their last 10 games.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins look for another victory after winning eight of their last 12 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 26.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 36 goals, Sidney Crosby has 48 assists and Phil Kessel has 222 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing three goals per game and are killing 81.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 106 goals on 1,159 shots faced and Tristan Jarry has allowed 51 goals on 585 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 10 games.
The Flames are 15-4 in their last 19 games playing on 2 days rest, 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference and 2-6 in their last 8 overall. The Penguins are 58-19 in their last 77 home games, 5-1 in their last 6 games following a win and 17-7 in their last 24 overall. The Flames are 3-8 in the last 11 meetings in Pittsburgh, 5-0 in the last 5 meetings and the under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Pittsburgh.
The Calgary Flames have had the upperhand over the Pittsburgh Penguins in years past and have done extremely well when playing on extended rest. However, the Penguins and Flames are heading in different directions right now, especially the Pittsburgh Penguins, who are playing their best stretch of hockey right now and continue to be a tough out at home. The price is a bit steep, but the hot hand of the Penguins should get the job done.