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Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames - 3/23/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Calgary Flames at Vancouver Canucks
Date & Time Saturday March 23, 2019, 10:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Rogers Arena
800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver, BC V6B 6G1
The Line
Vancouver Canucks +155; O/U: 6
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The Vancouver Canucks look to keep their faint playoff hopes intact as they welcome the Pacific division leading Calgary Flames to town on Saturday night.

The Flames head into Vancouver look to create some distance between themselves and the Sharks and Golden Knights who are in pursuit of top spot in the Pacific division and Calgary will have a tough outing in front of them against a Vancouver team that has won 3 games in a row. Calgary has proven to be the model of consistency this season as they are an impressive 46-21-7 this season and have been in the playoff picture since the puck dropped back in October and were the first team in the Western Conference to punch their ticket to the NHL playoffs. Johnny Gaudreau has put up a Hart Trophy caliber season while Mark Giordano has been among the league’s top blue liners and David Rittich has asserted himself as one of the more underrated goaltenders in the league.

The Canucks meanwhile started the season off with a bang and looked as though they were going to coast right through the rebuilding process but things have evened out for them and now they find themselves in a tough place just to qualify. Vancouver is a young team with plenty of talent but they appear to be a season or two away from really making some noise but that isn’t to say they can get there this season and a home ice win against the Flames would go a long way into getting them closer. Vancouver is currently 5 points back of the Wild with a game in hand for the final wild card spot and should be looked at here as a heavy home dog.

The Flames are 5-1 in their last 6 games and have hit the Under in 6 straight games on the road while the Canucks are 20-8 in their last 28 games at home against the Flames and have hit the Over in 7 of their last 8 with Calgary. That last trend looks enticing as this one should go over the number in a highly competitive contest.

Pick:
Over

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