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Calgary Flames vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 11/3/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Chicago Blackhawks (6-5-3) at Calgary Flames (8-5-1)
Date & Time Saturday November 3, 2018, 10:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Calgary Flames -140 / Chicago Blackhawks +115 --- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
NSCH, CBC
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NHL | Chicago Blackhawks (6-5-3) at Calgary Flames (8-5-1)
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The Chicago Blackhawks and Calgary Flames meet Saturday in NHL action at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The Chicago Blackhawks could use a win here that would snap a four-game losing streak. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 13 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 11 goals, Alex DeBrincat has six assists and Jonathan Toews has 43 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 77.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 16 goals on 176 shots faced and Cam Ward has allowed 32 goals on 282 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last 11 games.

The Calgary Flames look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 15.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Elias Lindholm leads Calgary with nine goals, Matthew Tkachuk has 12 assists and Johnny Gaudreau has 44 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 71.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Mike Smith has given up 34 goals on 264 shots faced and David Rittich has allowed 10 goals on 163 shots. The Calgary Flames have allowed three or more goals in five of their last eight games.

The Blackhawks are 1-4 in their last 5 road games, 19-47 in their last 66 vs. Western Conference and 17-35 in their last 52 overall. The Flames are 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games and 2-5 in their last 7 vs. a team with a losing record. The over is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 4-1-1 in Blackhawks last 6 overall and the over is 7-0 in Flames last 7 home games.

Neither of these teams have been great defensively as of late and the over has been a popular trend not only when the Blackhawks and Flames play each other, but when they're on the ice overall. The Chicago Blackhawks have had defensive issues for much of the season and the Flames have gone over each of their last seven home games. Give me the over in this contest.

Pick:
Over 6

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