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Calgary Flames vs. New Jersey Devils - 3/12/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New Jersey Devils at Calgary Flames
Date & Time Tuesday March 12, 2019, 9:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Scotiabank Saddledome
Calgary, Alberta
The Line
Over: 6 (-108) / Under: 6 (-114)
TV Channel
MSG+
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The New Jersey Devils and the Calgary Flames meet in NHL action from the Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday night.

The New Jersey Devils will look for a major upset to snap a 6-game losing streak after a 4-2 loss to the New York Rangers in their last outing. Dan Severson and Blake Coleman gave the Devils a 2-0 lead with goals 3:23 apart, but that’s where the scoring stopped for New Jersey, as New York scored the lone goal in the 2nd period. The Rangers stormed back in the 3rd, tying the game and taking the lead as well as chipping in an empty net goal to secure the win for the Rangers and sending New Jersey to yet another defeat. Cory Schneider took the loss, falling to 4-10-3 after allowing 3 goals on 40 shots faced in the losing effort.

The Calgary Flames will look to build on a 6-3 win over the Vegas Golden Knights in their last outing. Andrew Mangiapane and Mikael Backlund opened a 2-0 lead for the Flames early in the 1st before Vegas pulled a goal back and Matthew Tkachuk restored that two-goal cushion by the end of the opening frame. Vegas tied the game within the first 1:20 of the 2nd period, but Backlund would score his 2nd of the game to give Calgary the lead for good. Tkachuk scored a pair of goals late in the 3rd for his 1st career hat trick. David Rittich got the win, improving to 23-7-5 after stopping 25 of 28 shots faced in the winning effort.

New Jersey is 19-44 in their last 63 road games and 1-6 in their last 7 games against the Western Conference while the under is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games overall. Calgary is 10-4 in their last 14 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 games overall while the under is 3-1-1 in their last 5 games against the Eastern Conference. New Jersey is 0-4 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams and 1-6 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Calgary.

I really wanted to side with Calgary at home here, but I’m not paying this kind of crazy price with Calgary, and the puck line holds no value since the last 5 meetings have all been decided by one goal. I’m also not comfortable putting a dime on the Devils. Sure, the proposition of nearly 3.5 times your wager is tempting, but the odds are that high for a reason, New Jersey simply isn’t a good hockey team. Instead, I’m going to side with the over as both teams have been involved in some high scoring games lately and I think we could see some of the same here.

Pick:
Over: 6 (-108)

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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