Vancouver Canucks vs Calgary Flames NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/31/21

Vancouver Canucks vs Calgary Flames NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/31/21 Photo by Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Calgary Flames (16-18-3) at Vancouver Canucks (16-18-3)

NHL Hockey: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 10:30 pm (Rogers Arena)

The Line: Vancouver Canucks +100 / Calgary Flames -120 --- Over/Under: 6 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Calgary Flames and the Vancouver Canucks meet in NHL action from Rogers Place on Wednesday night.

The Calgary Flames will look to bounce back from a 5-1 drubbing at the hands of Winnipeg in their last matchup. Elias Lindholm leads the Flames in scoring with 31 points including 9 goals and a team-high 22 assists while Johnny Gaudreau has 27 points with a team-high 13 goals and 14 assists and Matthew Tkachuk has 27 points as well with 9 goals and 18 assists as well as a team-high 106 shots on goal. Sean Monahan has 7 goals with 15 assists for his 22 points and Mikael Backlund, Mark Giordano and Rasmus Andersson each have double-digit assist totals while Andrew Mangiapane has 10 goals this year. As a team, Calgary is averaging 2.6 goals on 29.8 shots with a 20.3% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.9 goals on 29.8 shots with an 80.5% success rate on the PK this season.

The Vancouver Canucks will be out to bounce back from a 3rd straight loss in the form of an identical 5-1 loss to Winnipeg last time out. Brock Boeser leads the Canucks in scoring with 33 points including a team-high 16 goals and 17 assists while J.T. Miller has 29 points with 20 assists and Quinn Hughes has 28 points with 26 coming via assists. Bo Horvat and Elias Pettersson have double-digit goal and assist totals but Pettersson will still miss a couple more weeks due to injury. As a team, Vancouver is averaging 2.6 goals on 30.1 shots with a 19.6% success rate on the power play while allowing 3.2 goals on 33.8 shots with a 78.4% success rate on the penalty kill.

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Calgary is 1-5 in their last 6 games overall and 1-4 in their last 5 games as a road favorite while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a losing record. Vancouver is 7-2 in their last 9 games against a team with a losing record and 8-3 in their last 11 games played on 3 days rest while the under is 6-1-1 in their last 8 home games. Calgary is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Vancouver.

I get why Calgary would be favored here as Vancouver’s injury list is a mile long. However, the Canucks, even mired in a three-game losing streak, have played some of their best hockey this month and bottom line is I’m not laying juice with a Calgary team that’s lost 5 of 6 coming into this one and haven’t looked all that good in doing so. I’ll take my chances with Vancouver at home here.

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Chris’s Pick Vancouver +100

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

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