Calgary Flames (2-2-0) at Colorado Avalanche (3-1-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 13, 2018, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Colorado Avalanche -143 / Calgary Flames +110 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche meet Saturday in NHL action at the Pepsi Center.
The Calgary Flames look for their second road victory of the season to build on their 2-2-0 start. The Calgary Flames are averaging 3.8 goals per game and are scoring on 23.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Monahan leads Calgary with four goals, Johnny Gaudreau has six assists and Matthew Tkachuk has nine shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 76.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Mike Smith has given up 13 goals on 109 shots faced and David Rittich has allowed zero goals on eight shots. The Calgary Flames have allowed four or more goals in 10 of their last 15 games.
The Colorado Avalanche look to keep the puck rolling after an impressive 3-1-0 start to the season. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 4.3 goals per game and are scoring on 33.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with five goals, Mikko Rantanen has six assists and Alexander Kerfoot has 10 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 94.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up four goals on 89 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed four goals on 34 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed two or less goals in six of their last 10 games.
The Flames are 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games, 4-10 in their last 14 vs. Western Conference and 1-7 in their last 8 road games. The Avalanche are 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games, 21-7 in their last 28 home games and 2-7 in their last 9 games following a win. The Flames are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and the home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The over is 4-1 in Flames last 5 overall and the over is 4-1-1 in Avalanche last 6 Saturday games.
The Colorado Avalanche have probably been the most impressive team out of the gate about a week into the season and have an explosive offense to go with what has been a solid defense up to this point. Just great balance from an Avalanche squad that has shown it can win multiple ways already. The Calgary Flames have scored three or more goals in three of their first four games, but the defensive effort has been a letdown, especially on the road where they're giving up an average of 3.3 goals. I'll ride the hot hand and the Colorado Avalanche with the decent price.