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Winnipeg Jets vs. Calgary Flames - 4/5/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Calgary Flames (36-34-10) at Winnipeg Jets (50-20-10)
Date & Time Thursday April 5, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Winnipeg Jets -215 / Calgary Flames +193 --- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
RSNW
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NHL | Calgary Flames (36-34-10) at Winnipeg Jets (50-20-10)
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The Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets meet Thursday in NHL action at the Bell MTS Place.

The Calgary Flames could use a feel good victory here after losing nine of their last 11 games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 16 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Monahan leads Calgary with 31 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 59 assists and Matthew Tkachuk has 188 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing three goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Mike Smith has given up 141 goals on 1,686 shots faced and David Rittich has allowed 49 goals on 512 shots. The Calgary Flames have allowed three or more goals in nine of their last 11 games.

The Winnipeg Jets look to keep the puck rolling after winning nine of their last 10 games. The Winnipeg Jets are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 23.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrik Laine leads Winnipeg with 44 goals, Blake Wheeler has 67 assists and Nikolaj Ehlers has 229 shots on goal. Defensively, the Winnipeg Jets are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Connor Hellebuyck has given up 154 goals on 1,985 shots faced and Steve Mason has allowed 37 goals on 392 shots. The Winnipeg Jets have allowed four or more goals in five of their last six games.

The Jets are 6-2 in their last 8 vs. a team with a losing record, 13-3 in their last 16 vs. Eastern Conference and 6-1 in their last 7 games following a win. The Flames are 1-6 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference, 2-6 in their last 8 games following a win and 1-7 in their last 8 overall.

The Calgary Flames have nothing to play for at this point and are playing like it, losing nine of their last 11 and getting beat up on the defensive end. The Winnipeg Jets are one of the hotter teams in the league to finish up the season and still have an outside shot to win the Central if they can keep it up. I'm not stepping in front of the Winnipeg Jets right now and will take the puck line to increase the value of the wager.

Pick:
Winnipeg Jets -1.5

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