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Calgary Flames vs. Anaheim Ducks - 4/2/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Anaheim Ducks (42-23-12) at Calgary Flames (44-30-4)
Date & Time Sunday April 2, 2017, 9:30 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Calgary Flames -125 / Anaheim Ducks +113 --- Over/Under: 5
TV Channel
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The Scotiabank Saddledome hosts a big NHL hockey match up between the Calgary Flames and the Anaheim Ducks.

The Anaheim Ducks have been playing their best hockey  but have to have a bad taste in their mouth after a 4-3, overtime loss at the MTS Centre where a dramatic Winnipeg Jets rally stole the show. The Jets scored three straight times with Dustin Byfuglien tying the game with 12 seconds remaining in regulation. Blake Wheeler and Joel Armia also lit the lamp in regulation time before Mark Scheifele ended the rally with his winner in the extra session. Michael Hutchinson picked up the win for the Jets with 25 saves. The Ducks attack featured scoring from Corey Perry who lit the lamp twice with Jacob Silfverberg also scoring but Jonathan Bernier allowed four goals on 40 shots as Anaheim’s five game winning streak ended.

The Calgary Flames don’t have a whole lot of history but they are out to change that after clinching a postseason berth following a 5-2 victory over the visiting San Jose Sharks. The Flames were solid at both ends of the ice with balanced scoring and even better goaltending. Calgary received goals off the sticks of Matt Stajan, Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau, Alex Chiasson and Sam Bennett on the empty net. Despite all the offense, the real star was between the pipes in Brian Elliott who came up with 36 saves to help Calgary to the playoffs  for the second time in eight years. The Sharks saw  Marc-Eduard Vlasic and Melker Karlsson find the back of the net with Martin Jones getting saddled with the loss with four goals allowed on 22 shots as the Sharks have dropped eight of nine and are one point ahead of the Flames for third in the Pacific.

The Ducks are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record and the Ducks are 1-7 in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest while the Ducks are 6-1 in their last 7 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation. The over is 3-0-1 in Flames last 4 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and the over is 4-0-2 in Flames last 6 vs. a team with a winning record while the over is 3-0-1 in Flames last 4 home games. The Ducks are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Calgary and the home team is 49-14 in the last 63 meetings while the over is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings in Calgary.

The  Anaheim Ducks and the over have done well when the Flames take the ice and for now I’ll go with the over pending goalies…

over 5 // will update

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