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Calgary Flames vs. Colorado Avalanche - 1/9/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Colorado Avalanche at Calgary Flames
Date & Time Wednesday January 9, 2019, 9:30 PM (EST)
Location
Scotiabank Saddledome
Calgary, Alberta
The Line
The Line: Colorado Avalanche +148 / Calgary Flames -175 -- Over/Under: 6.5
TV Channel
RSNW, Alti
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Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Avalanche and Calgary Flames meet Wednesday in NHL action at Scotiabank Saddledome.

The Colorado Avalanche could use a victory here after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 26.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with 25 goals, Mikko Rantanen has 46 assists and Gabriel Landeskog has 127 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing three goals per game and are killing 77.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 67 goals on 759 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed 53 goals on 541 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or more goals in five of their last seven games.

The Calgary Flames look for another victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 21 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Monahan leads Calgary with 23 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 38 assists and Elias Lindholm has 109 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 78.1 percent of their opponents power plays. David Rittich has given up 54 goals on 684 shots faced and Mike Smith has allowed 66 goals on 578 shots. The Calgary Flames have allowed three or less goals in six of their last eight games.

The Avalanche are 4-1 in their last 5 Wednesday games, 33-74 in their last 107 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-6 in their last 7 overall. The Flames are 7-15 in their last 22 Wednesday games, 16-5 in their last 21 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Avalanche are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Calgary and 1-7 in the last 8 meetings. The over is 4-1 in Flames last 5 overall. The over is 5-1 in Avalanche last 6 road games.

The Colorado Avalanche are pretty much unbackable during this brutal losing stretch, and it doesn't get any better with them on the end of a back to back. The Calgary Flames are putting together some solid victories recently with a consistent defense and have gotten the better of the Avalanche in seven of the last eight meetings. These are two teams that seem to be heading in completely different directions at the moment. The Flames at this price is actually probably a steal. 

Pick:
Calgary Flames -175

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