Calgary Flames vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 12/31/19 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction
Chicago Blackhawks at Calgary Flames
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 9:00 PM (Scotiabank Saddledome)
CAL -185 O:U 6
The Chicago Blackhawks go to Calgary to take on the Calgary Flames on Sunday at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Blackhawks are on a two-game winning streak, defeating the New York Islanders and the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Blackhawks bounced back from a terrible loss to the New Jersey Devils before the winning streak. The loss was more of a crushing defeat as the Blackhawks lost 7-1. The Devils dominated the second period, scoring four goals in the period to put the game out of reach for Chicago. The loss also snapped a two-game winning streak that the Blackhawks were on, but now Chicago is back to a winning streak.
The Chicago Blackhawks struggle to score goals as they are 22nd in the NHL in goals scored per game. If the Blackhawks have a chance at winning this, they're going to need to focus on the offensive end and more goals, and tighten up that defense. The Blackhawks are 17 - 17 - 6 and last in the Central Division.
The Calgary Flames are coming off of a loss to the Vancouver Canucks, losing 5-2. The game prior, the Flames had a huge 5-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers. However, the Flames have only won two of their last five games.
The Flames are 20-16-5 on the season and are third in the Pacific Division with 45 points so far. The Flames have spread around their offense, having Left Wing Matthew Tkachuk lead the team in points and assists, and Elias Lindholm leads the team in goals. Tkachuk made the All-Star Game selection as well as Defender Mark Giordano.
Chicago is 22-18 ATS this season
The Blackhawks are 4-0 in their last four games as an underdog.
Calgary is 17-24 ATS this season
The Flames are 2-5 in their last seven overall.
The Chicago Blackhawks have a slightly better offense than the Calgary Flames, but the Calgary Flames have a better defense than the Chicago Blackhawks. I think a big story in this is how many injuries the Chicago Blackhawks have at the moment, and I think those injuries might prevent the Blackhawks from being able to get a victory in Calgary. Also, the Chicago Blackhawks are 0-6 in the last six meetings against the Calgary Flames. Final Score Prediction, Calgary Flames win 4-2.