Calgary Flames at Chicago Blackhawks
|Date & Time||Monday January 7, 2019, 8:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Calgary Flames -176 / Chicago Blackhawks +152 -- Over/Under: 6.5
The Calgary Flames and Chicago Blackhawks meet Monday in NHL action at the United Center.
The Calgary Flames look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 20.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Monahan leads Calgary with 22 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 38 assists and Matthew Tkachuk has 104 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 78.4 percent of their opponents power plays. David Rittich has given up 51 goals on 649 shots faced and Mike Smith has allowed 66 goals on 578 shots. The Calgary Flames have allowed three or more goals in six of their last eight games.
The Chicago Blackhawks look for another victory after winning six of their last nine games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 15.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 23 goals, Jonathan Toews has 21 assists and Alex DeBrincat has 116 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 73.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 71 goals on 722 shots faced and Cam Ward has allowed 66 goals on 590 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed three or more goals in four of their last six games.
The Flames are 8-3 in their last 11 road games, 15-5 in their last 20 games playing on 1 days rest and 9-3 in their last 12 vs. Central. The Blackhawks are 3-13 in their last 16 Monday games, 7-19 in their last 26 games playing on 0 days rest and 24-51 in their last 75 overall. The Flames are 5-16 in the last 21 meetings in Chicago and 5-0 in the last 5 meetings. The over is 13-6-3 in Blackhawks last 22 overall. The under is 15-5 in Flames last 20 road games.
The Chicago Blackhawks are playing some of their best hockey of the season, so there's value with them in a big underdog role. The problem is the Calgary Flames are simply the better team overall, have had great success on the road and have won each of their last four meetings against the Blackhawks, outscoring them 19-13 during that span. The Chicago Blackhawks are also brutal on the end of a back to back. The Flames are the safer bet in this contest, as a few wins doesn't change the entire outlook on the Blackhawks.