Calgary Flames vs Washington Capitals Expert NHL Picks 11/3/2019
Sunday, November 3, 2019
Capital One Arena
David Rittich and the Calgary Flames (7-6-2, 5th in the Pacific Division) go to Capital One Arena on Sunday where they'll meet the Washington Capitals (10-2-3, 1st in the Metropolitan Division). The Flames open this contest at +140 while the Capitals are coming in at -155. The total is set at 6. The Flames cover 38.5% of the time, having gone 5-8 SU. Washington is covering 64.3% of the time, going 9-5 straight up.
The Calgary Flames come into this matchup holding a record of 7 wins and 6 defeats, ranking them 5th in the Pacific Division. During the season thus far, they have converted a total of 41 goals which puts them at 7th in the conference and 16th in the league. Their goal differential is -5, ranking them 21st in the league. The Flames have a total of 16 points, which puts them at 16th in the league and 8th in the conference. When looking at shots toward the net, they have a total of 458 which puts them at 3rd in the Western Conference and 4th in the league. As a team, Calgary has obtained a total of 163 hits which means they are averaging 10.9 per game. They have a total of 141 blocks for the year. The man looking after the goal for Calgary is David Rittich from Jihlava, Czechoslovakia. He is 27 years old and has racked up 715 minutes protecting the goal for the season. Rittich is surrendering 3.02 goals against average which has him ranking 14th among West goaltenders and 25th in the NHL among goalies. Over the course of this season, he's surrendered 36 goals. He's earned a save % of .906 which has him ranking 14th among West goaltenders.
The Calgary Flames will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 6 - 5 win against the Nashville Predators in their previous game. The Flames had a good offensive performance and it was apparent in this victory. In this outing, they finished 6 of the 27 shots they put on goal. Moreover, they had 3 power play chances but weren't able to net one. Calgary ended up with a total of 6 penalty mins for this matchup. The Corsi for the Flames sat at 47 and the Corsi against was 36 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 56.6%. Their Fenwick sat at 32 while the Fenwick against was 31, which earned them a rate of 50.8%. They earned 24 face-off wins and lost 22 attempts to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 62.6% and they had a PDO of 114.5 in this game. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Nashville Predators earned 36 shots. They ended the game with 6 minutes in the box and they tallied 3 power play opportunities.
The Capitals will be looking to get a victory in this matchup and for the year they sit with 10 wins and 2 losses. In the matter of goal differential, they are sitting 3rd in the Eastern Conference and 5th in the NHL with +12. They currently have a total of 59 goals for the season which has them ranked at 1st in the East. Washington has a team save percentage of .899 which currently has them sitting 20th in the NHL, which means there could be plenty of chances to score if they are aggressive. They have a team shooting percentage of 12.8% putting them at 1st in the East. In goal for Washington is Braden Holtby who is having a rough season by allowing 3.30 goals per game and that has him 17th among Eastern Conference goalies and 32nd in the NHL. In the 618 minutes he's played this season, he has given up 34 goals. He holds a save % of .895, which puts him at 19th among Eastern Conference goalies and 33rd in the NHL.
The Washington Capitals faced off against the Buffalo Sabres in a matchup where the Capitals notched a win by a final score of 6 - 1. In this outing, Washington went home with a 51.2% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 44 and the other team having a Corsi of 42. Their Fenwick rate was 53.1% with a Fenwick of 34 and the Sabres finishing with a 30 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Washington played and they showed up in this game. Their PDO was 123.3 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 55.3%. The Capitals scored 6 goals out of the 34 shots on goal they attempted. They had 1 power play attempt in this outing but weren't able to finish one of them with a goal. Concerning the opposition, the Sabres had 2 power play opportunities but weren't able to take advantage of it. Washington gave way to 30 shots on goal and the Sabres ended up with a total of 2 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Washington (-155)
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