Calgary Flames vs Vegas Golden Knights Expert NHL Picks 11/17/2019
Game: Calgary Flames vs Vegas Golden Knights
Date: Sunday, November 17, 2019
Location: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
Odds/Point Spread: Flames (+115) Golden Knights (-125)
T-Mobile Arena is the venue where Marc-Andre Fleury and the Vegas Golden Knights (9-8-3, 5th in the Pacific Division) will play the Calgary Flames (10-8-3, 4th in the Pacific Division) on Sunday. The Golden Knights open this game at -125 while the Flames are priced at +115. The total has been set at 6.5. The Flames cover 42.1% of the time, having gone 8-11 SU. The Golden Knights cover 38.9% of the time, going 7-11 straight up.
The Calgary Flames head into this game with a record of 10 victories and 8 losses, ranking them 4th in the Pacific Division. So far this year, they have scored a total of 58 goals which is good for 7th in the conference and 15th in the league. Their goal differential is -3, ranking them 19th in the league. The Flames currently have a total of 23 pts, which is good for 13th in the league and 6th in the West. When discussing shots at the opposition, they currently have a total of 649 which is good for 5th in the conference and 9th in the league. As a team, Calgary currently has a total of 216 hits which means they are averaging 10.3 per game. They currently have a total of 188 blocks for the season. The man in goal for Calgary is David Rittich from Jihlava, Czechoslovakia. He is 27 years old and has been on the ice a total of 962 minutes defending the net for the campaign. Rittich is giving up 2.75 goals against average which puts him at 12th among West goalies and 22nd in the NHL. For the season, he's surrendered 44 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .914 which puts him at 12th among West goalies.
The Calgary Flames will look for better times on the ice after their 3 - 1 loss against the Dallas Stars in their previous game. The Flames had a below average offensive outing in this defeat. In this game, they earned a goal on 1 of the 25 shots they put on goal. They also had 4 power play opportunities and were able to net 1 goal out of those opportunities. Calgary earned 6 penalty minutes in this game. The Corsi for the Flames was 34 and the Corsi against was 35 giving them a Corsi percentage of 49.3%. Their Fenwick was 22 and the Fenwick against was 26, telling us they have a Fenwick percentage of 45.8%. They won 21 face-off wins and were beaten on 20 tries to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 50.0% and they had a PDO at even strength of 89.5 in this game. Regarding their opponent, the Dallas Stars put up 32 shots. They had a total of 8 penalty minutes and they earned 3 power play opportunities.
The Golden Knights will be the team across the ice and for the season they have 9 victories and 8 losses. When looking at goal differential, they rank 10th in the West and 22nd in the NHL with -4. They have compiled a total of 57 goals for this year which is 8th in the Western Conference. Vegas has a save percentage as a team of .905 which currently has them ranked 17th in the NHL, which tells us scoring chances could present themselves. They have a team shooting percentage of 8.4% which puts them at 13th in the West. In goal for Vegas is Marc-Andre Fleury who is having an ok season by giving up 2.68 goals per game and that has him 11th among Western Conference goaltenders and 20th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 918 mins he's been on the ice this season, he's allowed 41 goals. His save % is .914, which has him ranked 11th among Western Conference goaltenders and 18th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Vegas Golden Knights went up against the Chicago Blackhawks in a matchup where the Golden Knights took the loss by a score of 5 - 3. For this matchup, Vegas went home with a 60.4% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 55 and their opponent having a Corsi of 36. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 60.0% by way of having a Fenwick of 45 and the Blackhawks finishing with a 30 Fenwick. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Vegas played and we'd say they played an average game. Their PDO was 83.7 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 72.7%. The Golden Knights scored 3 goals of the 42 shots on goal they attempted. They had 2 power play opportunities in this one and scored 1 out of those tries. Concerning their opponent, the Blackhawks had 1 power play opportunity but were not able to score a goal. Vegas conceded 26 shots on goal and the Blackhawks had 6 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Vegas (-125)
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