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Ottawa Senators vs. Calgary Flames - 3/9/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Calgary Flames (33-25-10) at Ottawa Senators (23-32-10)

NHL Hockey: Friday, March 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)

The Line: Ottawa Senators +123 / Calgary Flames -159 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: RSNW, RDS

The Calgary Flames and Ottawa Senators meet Friday in NHL action at the Canadian Tire Centre.

The Calgary Flames could use a big road victory here after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 18.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Monahan leads Calgary with 30 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 56 assists and Matthew Tkachuk has 184 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Mike Smith has given up 116 goals on 1,477 shots faced and David Rittich has allowed 42 goals on 437 shots. The Calgary Flames have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last 12 games.

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Ottawa Senators vs. Calgary Flames - 3/9/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Ottawa Senators could use a win here after losing seven of their last nine games. The Ottawa Senators are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 16.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Mark Stone leads Ottawa with 20 goals, Erik Karlsson has 42 assists and Mike Hoffman has 210 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 75.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig Anderson has given up 145 goals on 1,464 shots faced and Mike Condon has allowed 67 goals on 677 shots. The Ottawa Senators have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 10 games.

The Flames are 1-7 in their last 8 Friday games, 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Senators are 4-0 in their last 4 Friday games, 0-4 in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest and 17-35 in their last 52 overall. The Flames are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Ottawa, the home team is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings and the over is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings.

I'm honestly not trying to back either one of these teams with the losses piling up on both sides. However, the Flames are playing better defense, are the better team overall and the Ottawa Senators simply don't win on the end of back to backs often. Don't like the Flames in thier current form and don't love the price, but if forced to pick, I'm siding with Calgary.

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