Calgary Flames (@2.65) vs Colorado Avalanche (@2.05)
04-10-2019

Our Prediction:

Colorado Avalanche will win

Calgary Flames – Colorado Avalanche Match Prediction | 04-10-2019 21:05

The Flames, who rolled up a Western Conference-best 107 points, have dropped two in a row to fall into a 2-1 series hole entering Game 4 against the host Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night. 1 seed has not translated into an advantage in the opening round of the playoffs, as Tampa Bay found out in the East and Calgary is hoping to avoid in the West. Earning the No.

"Obviously, it's a cool moment." Forward Matt Nieto, who entered the series without a goal since Dec. Pretty special, though," said Makar, a No. 4 overall pick in 2017 who led Massachusetts to the Frozen Four and was named the Hobey Baker Award winner this season. Colorado Avalanche: Cale Makar made a loud introduction just one day after signing a three-year contact with Colorado, becoming the first defenseman in league history to make his NHL debut in the playoffs and score a goal. "It's pretty weird. 6, has notched short-handed tallies in each of the past two games.

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Mark Giordano (CGY): As mentioned above, Giordano's regular season numbers in 2018-19 werefar and away the best of his career. The 35-year-old defenseman has been a force to be reckoned with offensively, and if he's able to bring that over into the playoffs he could prove to be the difference between a pair of teams that each boast top-level scoring talent.

As for Colorado, the three-headed monster of Nathan MacKinnon (41 goals, 58 assists),MikkoRantanen (31 goals, 56 assists) and Landeskog (34 goals, 41 assists) will be expected to provide the bulk of the scoring. The Avalanche captain, Landeskogreturned from injury at the end of March and immediately picked up where he left off, recording six points over the final five games of the regular season to lead the Avalanche to a 3-1-1 record.

The Flames have a total of 58 points this year, which is 2nd in the NHL. They've allowed 137 power play opportunities and have given up 30 goals on those chances for a penalty kill percentage of 78%, which is 22nd overall. As a team, the Flames are 2nd with 157 goals scored while they are 17th in the NHL with 126 goals allowed this year. That ranks their power play unit 13th. They have 33 power play goals on 157 opportunities for a percentage of 21%. They give up 29 shots per game and have a save percentage of 90%, putting them in 18th place in the league. They average 32 shots per contest and have a team shooting percentage of 10.99%.

However, the Flames have a considerable edge in goaltending in my opinion, and had no issues sweeping the Avalanche this season. Two of those games were decided by one goal, but I think the raucous environment in Calgary will be too much for Colorado to handle so to negate some of the heavy juice, Im siding with Calgary on the puck line here. The plus money is tempting with Colorado considering some of the offensive talent that the Avs have on the ice with the likes of MacKinnon, Rantanen and co.

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They are 1st in the Pacific Division. They've scored 157 goals and surrendered 126 for a goal differential of +31. For the season they have an ATS record of 20-22-0 and an over/under record of 22-20-0. They have scored 144 goals and given up 129 goals for a point differential of +15. Their record against the spread is 26-17-0 while their over/under record is 21-21-0. Calgary has a record of 27-13-4 this year. Colorado has a record of 20-14-8 this season. They are 3rd in the Central Division.

Sean Monahan put Calgary ahead at 2-1 with 7:33 left in the third period on a goal assisted by Bennett and Johnny Gaudreau. Calgary was unable to take a decisive series lead Saturday night as it dropped a 3-2 overtime decision at home against Colorado in Game 2. After a scoreless first period, the Avalanche grabbed the 1-0 advantage in the second period. Mike Smith recorded 36 saves on 39 shots in the defeat. But the Flames evened it back up with 7:34 remaining in the second on a Rasmus Andersson power play goal assisted by Sam Bennett and Mikael Backlund. The Avs proceeded to score the tying goal later in the third before winning it in OT.

On defense Calgary has 648 hits and they have blocked 544 shots from the opposition, which is 27th in the league. They have 1,349 face-off wins compared to 1,231 losses, meaning their face-off win percentage is 52.3%. Their defensive zone percentage is at 45.2% for the season, which is 28th in the NHL. Their Fenwick percentage of 53% ranks 5th as they have 1,965 attempts while they have given up 1,740 shots on the defensive end. That is 4th in the league. Calgary is 4th in the NHL in Corsi percentage with 53.5% as they've attempted 2,627 shots on net at full strength while they've given up 2,284 shots on net in the same situations. The Flames are 4th in the league in starting possessions in the offensive zone, doing so 54.8% of the time.

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They have 1,237 face-off wins compared to 1,328 losses, meaning their face-off win percentage is 48.2%. That ranks them 24th in the league. The Avalanche start possessions in the offensive zone 53.1% of the time, which is 9th in the league, while their defensive zone percentage is at 46.9% for the season. On defense Colorado has 798 hits and they have blocked 651 shots from the opposition, putting them 5th overall. That is 23rd overall in the NHL. That ranks them 19th in the league. Their Fenwick percentage is 49.4% as they have 1,780 attempts while they have given up 1,825 shots on the defensive end. Colorado is 22nd in the NHL in Corsi percentage with 48.9%, as they've attempted 2,367 shots on net at full strength while they've given up 2,476 shots on net in the same situations.