Calgary Flames vs. Vegas Golden Knights - 3/8/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Vegas Golden Knights (37-24-8) at Calgary Flames (36-26-7)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Scotiabank Saddledome)
The Line: Calgary Flames +104 / Vegas Golden Knights -115 --- Over/Under: 6
The Vegas Golden Knights and Calgary Flames meet Sunday in NHL action at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
The Vegas Golden Knights look for a win after winning nine of their last 11 games. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 21.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Max Pacioretty leads Vegas with 31 goals, Mark Stone has 42 assists and Reilly Smith has 166 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 77.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 131 goals on 1,375 shots faced and Robin Lehner has allowed two goals on 61 shots. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed three or more goals in 18 of their last 26 games.
The Calgary Flames look for a win after winning five of their last seven games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 20.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Elias Lindholm leads Calgary with 29 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 40 assists and Sean Monahan has 165 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing three goals per game and are killing 82.3 percent of their opponents power plays. David Rittich has given up 134 goals on 1,447 shots faced and Cam Talbot has allowed 63 goals on 780 shots. The Calgary Flames have allowed three or more goals in 12 of their last 20 games.
The Golden Knights are 6-1 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest, 8-2 in their last 10 games as a favorite and 9-2 in their last 11 overall. The Flames are 23-9 in their last 32 Sunday games, 10-4 in their last 14 games as an underdog and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The under is 4-0-1 in Golden Knights last 5 overall. The over is 10-3-1 in Flames last 14 overall. The Golden Knights are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The home team has won each of the last nine meetings between Vegas and Calgary, but I still have to side with the Golden Knights and the cheap price. The Vegas Golden Knights have played far and away the more consistent hockey, and they've won the last two meetings against the Flames by a combined score of 12-2. The Calgary Flames have also had little success in the underdog role at home and can go quiet offensively in some of their bigger games. I'll take the more consistent team and the cheap price.