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Avalanche vs. Flames - 3/14/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Calgary Flames (37-25-5) at Colorado Avalanche (30-26-11)
Date & Time Saturday March 14, 2015, 10:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Colorado Avalanche -140 / Calgary Flames +127 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
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NHL | Calgary Flames (37-25-5) at Colorado Avalanche (30-26-11)
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The Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche play Saturday late night at the Pepsi Center.

The Calgary Flames look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The Flames are averaging 2.9 goals per game and have scored 16 goals in their last three games. The Calgary Flames have four power play goals in their last three games and have won six of their last seven when scoring at least three goals. Sean Monahan has 25 goals, Jiri Hudler has 33 assists and Johnny Gaudreau has 133 shots on goal. Defensively, the Flames are allowing 2.6 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in six of their last 10 games. Jonas Hiller has allowed 96 goals on 1,130 shots faced and Joni Ortio has given up nine goals on 131 shots.

The Colorado Avalanche look for a win after winning five of their last seven. The Avalanche are averaging 2.5 goals per game and have scored seven goals in their last three games. The Colorado Avalanche have three power play goals in their last four games and have won eight straight when scoring at least three goals. Jarome Iginla has 22 goals, Gabriel Landeskog has 28 assists and Alex Tanguay has 88 shots on goal. Defensively, the Avalanche are allowing 2.8 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in nine of their last 10 games. Semyon Varlamov has allowed 116 goals on 1,487 shots faced and Calvin Pickard has given up 35 goals on 511 shots.

The Flames are 8-2 in their last 10 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Central. The Avalanche are 4-0 in their last 4 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Flames are 9-3 in the last 12 meetings in Colorado and 13-6 in the last 19 meetings overall.

Both teams are playing solid hockey as of late, but the Avalanche are at home and are catching the Flames on the end of a back-to-back. I like the home team here. 

Pick:
Colorado Avalanche -140

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