Toronto Maple Leafs vs Calgary Flames NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/19/21

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Calgary Flames NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/19/21 Photo by John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Calgary Flames (14-13-3) at Toronto Maple Leafs (19-9-2)

NHL Hockey: Friday, March 19, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)

The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -161 / Calgary Flames +145 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Calgary Flames and Toronto Maple Leafs meet Friday in NHL action at the Scotiabank Arena.

The Calgary Flames look for a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 20.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Johnny Gaudreau leads Calgary with 12 goals, Elias Lindholm has 19 assists and Matthew Tkachuk has 94 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. Jacob Markstrom has allowed 59 goals on 611 shots faced and David Rittich has allowed 27 goals on 281 shots.

The Toronto Maple Leafs need a win after losing five of their last six games. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 29.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Auston Matthews leads Toronto with 21 goals, Mitchell Marner has 28 assists and John Tavares has 83 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 75.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 62 goals on 622 shots faced and Michael Hutchinson has given up 12 goals on 154 shots.

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The Flames are 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 9-4 in their last 13 Friday games. The Maple Leafs are 5-2 in their last 7 Friday games and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The under is 3-1-2 in Flames last 6 Friday games. The over is 4-0 in Maple Leafs last 4 overall. Flames are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in Toronto. The road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The favorite is 16-7 in the last 23 meetings.

The Calgary Flames have run hot and cold all season long and it's hard to trust them in spots like this against one of the better teams in the league. The Toronto Maple Leafs have won three of the four meetings this season against the Flames, and you shouldn't expect their recent struggles to continue much longer. The Maple Leafs are due for a bounce back performance and it feels like this is going to be that spot. I'll take the Maple Leafs and the PL for added betting value.

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Randy’s Pick Toronto Maple Leafs -1.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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