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Calgary Flames vs. Colorado Avalanche - 4/11/19 NHL - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Colorado Avalanche at Calgary Flames
Date & Time Thursday April 11, 2019, 10:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Scotiabank Saddledome
Calgary, Alberta
The Line
Calgary Flames: -1.5 (+130) / Colorado Avalanche: 1.5 (-150)
TV Channel
CBC, Sportsnet, TVA, NBCS
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The Colorado Avalanche and the Calgary Flames meet in game one of their Western Conference quarterfinal series in NHL action from the Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday night.

The Colorado Avalanche come into the postseason as the 2nd wild card team, finishing the regular season with a record of 38-30-14, translating to 90 points, the lowest total of any team in the playoffs this season. Nathan MacKinnon led the Avs in scoring boasting a team-high 99 points as well as team-high tallies of 41 goals and 58 assists. Mikko Rantanen wasn’t far off of the pace, finishing the year with 87 points, including 56 assists of his own. Semyon Varlamov and Phillipp Grubauer split the time between the pipes for the Avs with Varlamov finishing the year with a record of 20-19-9 with a 2.87 GAA and 2 shutouts while Grubauer went 18-9-5 with 3 shutouts and a 2.64 GAA this season.

The Calgary Flames come into the postseason as the top seed in the Western Conference and the winners of the Pacific division after finishing the regular season with a record of 50-25-7, translating to 107 points. Johnny Gaudreau led the Flames in scoring with 99 points as well as team-high marks of 36 goals and 63 assists while also leading the Flames with 245 shots on goal this season. Sean Monahan had 34 goals and 48 assists for his 82 points while Elias Lindholm had 78 points, Matthew Tkachuk had 34 goals and 77 points and Mark Giordano had 74 points with 57 assists. David Rittich and Mike Smith split goaltending duties for Calgary, with Rittich going 27-9-5 with a 2.61 GAA and a shutout while Smith went 23-16-2 with a 2.73 GAA and 2 shutouts this season.

Colorado is 8-3 in their last 11 games overall and 34-75 in their last 109 road games while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record. Calgary is 15-7 in their last 22 home games and 22-10 in their last 32 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 8-3-1 in their last 12 games overall. Colorado is 1-8 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams and 0-5 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Calgary.

The plus money is tempting with Colorado considering some of the offensive talent that the Avs have on the ice with the likes of MacKinnon, Rantanen and co. However, the Flames have a considerable edge in goaltending in my opinion, and had no issues sweeping the Avalanche this season. Two of those games were decided by one goal, but I think the raucous environment in Calgary will be too much for Colorado to handle so to negate some of the heavy juice, I’m siding with Calgary on the puck line here.

Pick:
Calgary Flames: -1.5 (+130)

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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