Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Calgary Flames - 12/17/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Pittsburgh Penguins vs Calgary Flames
Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Location: Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB
Odds/Point Spread: Penguins (+106) Flames (-117)
Matt Murray and the Pittsburgh Penguins (19-10-4, 4th in the Metropolitan Division) are headed to Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday where they'll take on the Calgary Flames (18-13-4, 3rd in the Pacific Division). The line on this game has the Penguins priced at +106 and the Flames are at -117. The over/under has been set at 6. The Penguins are covering 54.8% of the time, having gone 17-14 SU. The Flames are covering 46.9% of the time, going 15-17 straight up.
The Pittsburgh Penguins head into this game holding a record of 19 victories and 10 losses, which puts them at 4th in the Metropolitan Division. During the year thus far, they have earned a total of 108 goals which has them sitting at 5th in the East and 6th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +19, which puts them at 4th in the NHL. The Penguins currently have a total of 42 points, which has them sitting at 6th in the NHL and 4th in the East. In terms of shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 1,113 which has them sitting at 3rd in the East and 5th in the NHL. As a unit, Pittsburgh has collected a total of 944 hits which means they have an average of 28.6 per contest. They currently have a total of 362 blocks for this year. In goal for Pittsburgh is Matt Murray from Surrey, British Columbia. He is 25 years old and has racked up 1,222 mins in net for the season. Murray is giving up an average of 2.85 goals per contest which places him at 18th among East goaltenders and 33rd among goaltenders in the NHL. For the year, he's surrendered 58 goals. His save percentage is .897 which places him at 27th among East goaltenders.
The Pittsburgh Penguins were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 5 - 4 win against the Los Angeles Kings in their last game. The Penguins had a solid offensive outing in the win. For this outing, they scored on 5 out of the 27 shots they put on goal. Additionally, they had 4 power play chances and were able to notch 1 goal out of those tries. Pittsburgh racked up a total of 13 penalty mins for this matchup. The Corsi for the Penguins sat at 35 and the Corsi against was 59 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 37.2%. Their Fenwick sat at 27 and the Fenwick against was 45, which earned them a Fenwick percentage of 37.5%. They won 22 face-off wins at even strength and lost 24 tries to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 35.5% and they had a PDO at even strength of 101.3 for this game. Concerning opponent stats, the Los Angeles Kings tallied 42 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 15 minutes in the box and they earned 3 power play attempts.
The Flames will be looking to add points to their total and for the current year they have 18 victories and 13 defeats. When talking about goal differential, they are sitting 12th in the West and 25th in the league with -12. They currently have a total of 92 goals for the season which puts them at 11th in the conference. Calgary has a team save percentage of .908 which has them sitting 15th in the league, which tells us there should be some chances to score. They are shooting 8.5% ranking them 13th in the West. In net for Calgary is David Rittich who is having a marginal season by surrendering 2.73 goals per contest and that ranks him 11th in the Western Conference and 25th in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 1,628 mins he has been on the ice, he has allowed 74 goals. He has a save % of .914, which ranks him 12th in the Western Conference and 24th in the NHL among goaltenders.
The Calgary Flames played the Carolina Hurricanes in a game where the Flames took the loss by a mark of 4 - 0. In their game, Calgary had a 49.4% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 44 while the opposition had a Corsi of 45. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 49.2% by way of having a Fenwick of 31 and the Hurricanes having a 32 Fenwick. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Calgary had and it could be said that this team has had better games. They had a PDO of 95.5 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 78.3%. The Flames converted 0 goals out of the 32 shots on goal they pursued. They had 5 power play opportunities in this one but didn't put one in the back of the net. In discussing their opponent, the Hurricanes had 4 power play opportunities and ended up scoring 1 goal. Calgary gave way to 31 shots on goal and the Hurricanes racked up 12 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Calgary (-117)
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