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Boston Bruins vs. Calgary Flames - 1/3/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Calgary Flames (25-12-4) at Boston Bruins (22-14-4)
Date & Time Thursday January 3, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Boston Bruins -150 / Calgary Flames +120 --- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
NESN, RSNW
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NHL | Calgary Flames (25-12-4) at Boston Bruins (22-14-4)
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The Calgary Flames and Boston Bruins meet Thursday in NHL action at the TD Garden.

The Calgary Flames look for another victory after splitting their last eight games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 21.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Monahan leads Calgary with 21 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 34 assists and Matthew Tkachuk has 95 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 49 goals on 615 shots faced and Mike Smith has allowed 58 goals on 520 shots. The Calgary Flames have allowed three or more goals in five of their last six games.

The Boston Bruins look for another victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 27.1 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with 24 goals, Brad Marchand has 29 assists and David Krejci has 67 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 50 goals on 584 shots faced and Jaroslav Halak has allowed 48 goals on 665 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed two or less goals in five of their last seven games.

The Flames are 6-2 in their last 8 road games. The Bruins are 38-15 in their last 53 home games, 5-0 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Flames are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Boston. The over is 3-1-1 in Bruins last 5 overall. The over is 6-1 in Bruins last 7 home games. The under is 19-7 in Flames last 26 road games. The over is 7-3 in Flames last 10 games playing on 0 days rest.

The Calgary Flames have been a little bit shaky defensively as of late and the over is a popular trend no only when the Flames and Bruins meet, but in their games overall recently. In fact, the last four games between the Flames and Bruins have averaged six goals and six of the last nine meetings have produced seven or more goals. I'll side with the over in this matchup. 

Pick:
Over 6

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