Detroit Red Wings vs. Calgary Flames - 2/23/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Calgary Flames (31-25-6) at Detroit Red Wings (15-44-4)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Little Caesars Arena)
The Line: Detroit Red Wings +193 / Calgary Flames -215 --- Over/Under: 6
The Calgary Flames and Detroit Red Wings meet Sunday in NHL action at the Little Caesars Arena.
The Calgary Flames look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 20.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Elias Lindholm leads Calgary with 27 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 36 assists and Sean Monahan has 148 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 82.1 percent of their opponents power plays. David Rittich has given up 122 goals on 1,319 shots faced and Cam Talbot has allowed 55 goals on 663 shots. The Calgary Flames have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 13 games.
The Detroit Red Wings need a win after losing 10 of their last 14 games. The Detroit Red Wings are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on 14.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Bertuzzi leads Detroit with 18 goals, Dylan Larkin has 28 assists and Anthony Mantha has 114 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 3.7 goals per game and are killing 74.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Jimmy Howard has given up 91 goals on 800 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed 102 goals on 1,111 shots. The Detroit Red Wings have allowed three or more goals in 12 of their last 15 games.
The Flames are 2-7 in their last 9 games as a favorite, 2-6 in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference and 4-1 in their last 5 road games. The Red Wings are 16-35 in their last 51 Sunday games, 2-5 in their last 7 games as a home underdog and 12-47 in their last 59 overall. The over is 18-7-1 in Flames last 26 overall. The under is 6-1-1 in Red Wings last 8 overall. The Flames are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings. The home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
The Calgary Flames have won six of the last seven meetings against the Red Wings and should love their chances here considering Detroit continues its awful form. It's hard to make a case for the Detroit Red Wings these days, a team that doesn't change their stripes defensively and is by far the worst team to back in the league in terms of money lost on the season. At this point, you either blindly fade the Red Wings or pass on the game altogether. I'll take the Flames and the PL for added value.