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Chicago Blackhawks vs. Calgary Flames - 12/2/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Calgary Flames (15-9-2) at Chicago Blackhawks (9-13-5)
Date & Time Sunday December 2, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks +104 / Calgary Flames -136 --- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
RSNW, NSCH
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NHL | Calgary Flames (15-9-2) at Chicago Blackhawks (9-13-5)
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The Calgary Flames and Chicago Blackhawks meet Sunday in NHL action at the United Center.

The Calgary Flames look for another victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 20.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Monahan leads Calgary with 14 goals, Mark Giordano has 21 assists and Johnny Gaudreau has 73 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 76.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Mike Smith has given up 44 goals on 381 shots faced and David Rittich has allowed 26 goals on 343 shots. The Calgary Flames have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last nine games.

The Chicago Blackhawks could use a win here after losing five of their last six games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 12 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 13 goals, Jonathan Toews has 10 assists and Alex DeBrincat has 76 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.7 goals per game and are killing 74.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 49 goals on 493 shots faced and Cam Ward has allowed 41 goals on 373 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed four or more goals in each of their last six games.

The Flames are 8-1 in their last 9 games playing on 1 days rest, 11-4 in their last 15 Sunday games and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Blackhawks are 1-4 in their last 5 Sunday games, 4-17 in their last 21 games playing on 0 days rest and 18-40 in their last 58 overall. The Flames are 5-16 in the last 21 meetings in Chicago and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The under is 9-1 in Flames last 10 road games. The over is 3-0-2 in Blackhawks last 5 overall.

The Chicago Blackhawks are about as fade material as you can get, as they're downright awful on defense and aren't scoring much on power plays. To make matters worse, the Blackhawks rarely win on the end of back to backs, and this is a quick turnaround. Also, the Flames have won the last four meetings against the Blackhawks and six of the last nine meetings overall. Backing the Blackhawks until further notice doesn't make much sense with the way they're playing.

Pick:
Calgary Flames -136

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