Washington Capitals vs Calgary Flames NHL Picks 10/22/2019
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals (6-2-2, 1st in the Metropolitan Division) travel to Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday where they'll meet the Calgary Flames (5-4-1, 4th in the Pacific Division). The Flames open this contest at -135 while the Capitals are coming in at +122. The O/U has been set at 6. The Capitals are covering 60.0% of the time, having gone 6-4 SU. Calgary covers 44.4% of the time, going 4-5 straight up.
The Washington Capitals head into this game holding a record of 6 victories and 2 losses, ranking them 1st in the Metropolitan Division. During the year thus far, they have earned a total of 36 goals which ranks 1st in the Eastern Conference and 1st in the NHL. Their goal differential is +5, ranking them 11th in the NHL. The Capitals currently have a total of 14 points, which ranks 4th in the NHL and 2nd in the East. in respect to shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 307 which ranks 1st in the Eastern Conference and 4th in the NHL. As a team, Washington has racked up a total of 181 hits which means they have an average of 18.1 per contest. They currently have a total of 108 blocks for the season. Protecting the goal for Washington is Braden Holtby from Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. He is 30 years old and has racked up 373 minutes minding the net for the season. Holtby is giving up 3.70 goals per contest which has him ranked 22nd among East goalies and 40th in the NHL among goaltenders. Over the course of this season, he has given up 23 goals. He holds a save percentage of .878 which has him ranked 24th among East goalies.
The Washington Capitals will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 5 - 3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks their last time out. The Capitals had a solid offensive output and it showed in this victory. In this game, they earned a goal on 5 of the 30 shots they put on net. Furthermore, they had 1 power play opportunity and were able to score 1 goal on that try. Washington had 12 penalty minutes in this matchup. The Corsi for the Capitals sat at 38 and the Corsi against at even strength was 55 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 40.9%. Their Fenwick was 29 while the Fenwick against was 34, meaning they had a rate of 46.0%. They won 19 face-off wins and were beaten on 30 of all total face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 27.0% and they had a PDO of 102.5 for this game. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Chicago Blackhawks earned a total of 44 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 4 penalty mins and they tallied 5 power play opportunities.
The Flames will be looking to add points to their total and for the campaign they sit with 5 victories and 4 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they are ranked 9th in the West and 18th in the NHL with -2. They currently have a total of 25 goals for the year which has them sitting at 6th in the conference. Calgary has a team save % of .912 which is good for 11th in the NHL, which means chances to score may be limited. They have a shooting percentage of 8.0% ranking them 14th in the Western Conference. In goal for Calgary is David Rittich who is having an average year by surrendering 2.85 GAA and that has him 13th among Western Conference goalies and 25th in the NHL among goalies. In the 464 mins he's played this year, he has surrendered 22 goals. He's earned a save % of .912, which places him at 12th among Western Conference goalies and 23rd in the NHL among goalies.
The Calgary Flames squared up with the Anaheim Ducks in an outing where the Flames got the victory by a tally of 2 - 1. In this outing, Calgary had a 53.7% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 51 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 44. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 54.1% by notching a Fenwick of 40 and the Ducks having earned a 34 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Calgary played and we're sure they will look for better performances in the future. Their PDO at even strength was 102.9 and their oZS percentage was 51.6%. The Flames scored 2 goals out of the 29 shots on goal they attempted. They had 0 power play chances in this one but weren't able to finish one of them with a goal. Regarding their opponent, the Ducks had 3 power play chances but didn't put the puck in goal. Calgary conceded 30 shots on goal and the Ducks had a total of 0 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Washington (+122)
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