New Jersey Devils vs Calgary Flames NHL Picks 11/7/2019
Thursday, November 7, 2019
David Rittich and the Calgary Flames (9-7-2, 5th in the Pacific Division) host the New Jersey Devils (4-5-4, 7th in the Metropolitan Division) at Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday, November 7, 2019. The Devils open this game at +153 while the Flames are priced at -170. The total has been set at 12. The Devils cover 25.0% of the time, having gone 3-9 SU. The Flames cover 43.8% of the time, going 7-9 straight up.
The New Jersey Devils come into this matchup with a record of 4 wins and 5 losses, which is good for 7th in the Metropolitan Division. So far this year, they have earned a total of 37 goals which ranks 13th in the Eastern Conference and 26th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -11, which is good for 26th in the NHL. The Devils currently have a total of 12 pts, which ranks 24th in the NHL and 13th in the East. Regarding shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 390 which ranks 14th in the conference and 29th in the NHL. As a team, New Jersey has compiled a total of 174 hits which has them averaging 13.4 per contest. They currently have a total of 115 blocks for this season. In goal for New Jersey is MacKenzie Blackwood from Vancouver, British Columbia. He is 23 years old and has racked up 516 mins in goal for the campaign. Blackwood is surrendering 2.91 goals per game which puts him at 11th among Eastern Conference goalies and 25th among goaltenders in the NHL. For the season, he has surrendered 25 goals. He holds a save % of .891 which puts him at 20th among Eastern Conference goalies.
The New Jersey Devils were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 2 - 1 win against the Winnipeg Jets in their last game. The Devils had an offensive game that was below their expectations in this victory. In this game, they scored on 2 of the 32 shots they put on goal. In addition, they had 3 power play attempts but weren't able to score. New Jersey earned 2 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Devils was 37 and the Corsi against at even strength was 41 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 47.4%. Their Fenwick sat at 25 and the Fenwick against sat at 29, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 46.3%. They earned 18 face-off wins at even strength and lost 30 tries to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 57.8% and they had a PDO of 100.3 for this one. Concerning opponent stats, the Winnipeg Jets tallied 33 shots. They had a total of 6 penalty minutes and they tallied 1 power play attempt.
The Flames are the team looking to add points to their total and for the current year they have 9 victories and 7 losses. Regarding goal differential, they are currently sitting 10th in the conference and 20th in the league with -3. They have earned a total of 50 goals for the season which is 3rd in the Western Conference. Calgary has a save percentage as a team of .909 which is good for 13th in the league, which means there should be some opportunities to score. They are shooting 9.0% which is good for 9th in the conference. In net for Calgary is David Rittich who is having an ok season by giving up 2.79 goals per contest and that places him 13th in the West and 20th among goalies in the NHL. In the 839 mins he has been on the ice this season, he has allowed 39 goals. He has a save % of .915, which places him at 13th in the West and 21st among goalies in the NHL.
The Calgary Flames opposed the Arizona Coyotes in a game where the Flames ended up with the win by a final of 4 - 3. For this outing, Calgary earned a 62.2% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 51 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 31. Their Fenwick rate came in at 63.5% with a Fenwick of 40 and the Coyotes having earned a 23 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Calgary played and they showed up in this game. They had a PDO at even strength of 92.0 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 58.9%. The Flames netted 4 goals of the 43 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 6 power play chances in this outing and converted 2 out of those chances. Regarding the opposition, the Coyotes had 5 power play attempts but weren't able to put the puck in the net. Calgary conceded 37 shots on goal and the Coyotes ended up with 12 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take New Jersey (+153)
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