Calgary Flames (26-18-8) at Chicago Blackhawks (24-20-8)
|Date & Time||Tuesday February 6, 2018, 8:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -128 / Calgary Flames +116 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Calgary Flames and Chicago Blackhawks meet Tuesday in NHL action at the United Center.
The Calgary Flames could use a victory here after losing six of their last seven games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 17.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Monahan leads Calgary with 24 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 43 assists and Matthew Tkachuk has 127 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Mike Smith has given up 108 goals on 1,380 shots faced and David Rittich has allowed 15 goals on 202 shots. The Calgary Flames have allowed three or more goals in each of their last four games.
The Chicago Blackhawks also need a victory after losing six of their last eight games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 15.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 20 goals, Duncan Keith has 25 assists and Jonathan Toews has 151 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 82.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 60 goals on 842 shots faced and Anton Forsberg has allowed 46 goals on 517 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed three or more goals in six of their last eight games.
The Flames are 6-1 in their last 7 games following a win, 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 1-6 in their last 7 overall. The Blackhawks are 0-4 in their last 4 home games, 11-24 in their last 35 vs. Western Conference and 2-6 in their last 8 overall. The Flames are 7-19 in the last 26 meetings in Chicago, the home team is 18-8 in the last 26 meetings and the over is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings.
The Calgary Flames have had no trouble winning on the road recently, but they're in poor form overall and now head to a place where they've had trouble winning over the years. The Chicago Blackhawks are in trouble after racking up the losses and not being able to beat the team they're supposed to beat. But I'm not ready to write off the Blackhawks just yet, as there's still enough talent and experience to turn things around. In a battle between two clubs in need of a victory, I'll side with Chicago at home.