Calgary Flames at Colorado Avalanche
|Date & Time||Monday April 15, 2019, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Calgary Flames -125 / Colorado Avalanche +105 -- Over/Under: 6
The Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche meet Monday in game three of the NHL first round at the Pepsi Center.
The Calgary Flames look for a big road victory to retake control of this series with a 2-1 lead. The Calgary Flames are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 30 percent of their power play opportunities. Matthew Tkachuk leads Calgary with two goals, Sam Bennett has three assists and Mikael Backlund has eight shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 1.5 goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Mike Smith has allowed three goals on 65 shots. The Calgary Flames have allowed three or less goals in each of their last 14 games.
The Colorado Avalanche look to take advantage of home ice advantage and take a solid 2-1 series lead. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 1.5 goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with one goal, Mikko Rantanen has two assists and Erik Johnson has nine shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing three goals per game and are killing 70 percent of their opponents power plays. Philipp Grubauer has allowed five goals on 68 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or less goals in 11 of their last 13 games.
The Flames are 20-8 in their last 28 games playing on 1 days rest, 5-2 in their last 7 games as a road favorite and 36-17 in their last 53 games as a favorite. The Avalanche are 7-1 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest, 8-18 in their last 26 games as an underdog and 2-6 in their last 8 games as a home underdog. The Flames are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Colorado and 9-2 in the last 11 meetings. The under is 8-2 in Flames last 10 road games. The under is 10-3 in Avalanche last 13 overall.
It's no secret the Flames have owned the Avalanche over the years with wins in eight of the last 10 meetings, and eight of those wins were decided by two or more goals. There's a reason why the Flames are a slight favorite even on the road. However, the Colorado Avalanche have held their own in both games when you breakdown the statistics, and their comeback in game two is the type of win that could have a carryover effect. The Avalanche had to scratch and claw just to make the postseason, and I don't see them going down without another fight. I'll take a shot with the Avalanche and the slight plus money.