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Philadelphia Flyers vs. Calgary Flames - 01/05/2019 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports

The Calgary Flames and Philadelphia Flyers meet Saturday in NHL action at the Wells Fargo 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 21.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Monahan leads Calgary with 22 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 38 assists and Matthew Tkachuk has 100 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 78.5 percent of their opponents power plays. David Rittich has given up 49 goals on 615 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 seven games.

The Philadelphia Flyers could use a win here to snap a five-game losing streak. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 13.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Couturier leads Philadelphia with 15 goals, Claude Giroux has 33 assists and Jakub Voracek has 100 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 74.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Brian Elliott has given up 34 goals on 384 shots faced and Calvin Pickard has allowed 31 goals on 227 shots. The Philadelphia Flyers have allowed three or more goals in five of their last seven games.

The Flames are 9-3 in their last 12 Saturday games, 14-5 in their last 19 games playing on 1 days rest and 7-3 in their last 10 road games. The Flyers are 3-7 in their last 10 home games, 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Western Conference and 0-5 in their last 5 overall. The home team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. The under is 8-3 in Flyers last 11 overall. The under is 14-5 in Flames last 19 road games.

The Calgary Flames have won six of the last nine meetings against the Philadelphia Flyers and head into this game in much better form. The Philadelphia Flyers have lost five straight games and have been outscored 4-12 in their last three games alone. While early games usually favor the home team and the Philadelphia Flyers should snap this streak eventually, it's hard not to side with the Flames and the reasonable price. There's little value in backing a team playing as poorly as the Flyers are.

Pick:
Calgary Flames-127

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