Calgary Flames at Arizona Coyotes
|Date & Time||Thursday March 7, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)|
Gila River Arena
The Line: Calgary Flames -141 / Arizona Coyotes +118 -- Over/Under: 6
The Calgary Flames and Arizona Coyotes meet Thursday in NHL action at the Gila River Arena.
The Calgary Flames could use a win here to snap a three-game losing streak. The Calgary Flames are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 22.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Johnny Gaudreau leads Calgary with 30 goals, Mark Giordano has 54 assists and Sean Monahan has 188 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.2 percent of their opponents power plays. David Rittich has given up 90 goals on 988 shots faced and Mike Smith has allowed 94 goals on 894 shots. The Calgary Flames have allowed two or less goals in seven of their last nine games.
The Arizona Coyotes look to stay hot after winning seven of their last nine games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 17.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Brad Richardson leads Arizona with 16 goals, Clayton Keller has 29 assists and Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 144 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 85.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Darcy Kuemper has given up 102 goals on 1,239 shots faced and Antti Raanta has allowed 33 goals on 351 shots. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed three or less goals in their last seven games.
The Flames are 5-2 in their last 7 games as a favorite, 10-4 in their last 14 games as a road favorite and 1-4 in their last 5 Thursday games. The Coyotes are 4-1 in their last 5 games as an underdog, 16-39 in their last 55 Thursday games and 5-1 in their last 6 home games. The Flames are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Arizona and 10-3 in the last 13 meetings. The over is 18-7-2 in Flames last 27 overall. The under is 5-2 in Coyotes last 7 overall.
Sure, you can say the Calgary Flames are the better team here and even bank on the history between these teams, which heavily favors the Flames. But we're getting a hot Arizona Coyotes team at home and with a rest advantage at plus money. The Arizona Coyotes are playing their best hockey in quite some time and are in the thick of the playoff race, hoping to make the postseason for the first time since 2011-12. There's no way I can turn down the Coyotes at home as an underdog in this spot.