Boston Bruins vs Calgary Flames Predictions, NHL Expert Picks 2/21/2020
Game: Boston Bruins vs Calgary Flames
Date: Friday, February 21, 2020
Location: Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB
Odds/Point Spread: Bruins (-155) Flames (+140)
Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins (38-11-12, 1st in the Atlantic Division) go to Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday where they'll take on the Calgary Flames (31-24-6, 4th in the Pacific Division). The line on this matchup has the Bruins coming in at -155 and the Flames are at +140. The total is set at 5.5. The Bruins are covering 62.3% of the time, having gone 38-23 SU. The Flames are covering 45.5% of the time, going 25-30 straight up.
The Boston Bruins head into this game holding a record of 38 victories and 11 losses, putting them at 1st in the Atlantic Division. So far this year, they have racked up a total of 201 goals which has them ranked at 5th in the Eastern Conference and 6th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +61, putting them at 1st in the NHL. The Bruins have a total of 88 points, which has them ranked at 1st in the NHL and 1st in the East. Regarding shots at the opposing goalie, they have a total of 1,971 which has them ranked at 4th in the Eastern Conference and 7th in the NHL. As a group, Boston currently has a total of 1,363 hits which has them averaging 22.3 per game. They have a total of 637 blocks for the year. The goaltender for Boston is Tuukka Rask from Caledonia, Ontario. He is 32 years old and has totaled 2,056 minutes in goal this year. Rask is surrendering an average of 2.04 GAA which puts him at 1st in the East and 1st in the NHL among goaltenders. Over the course of this year, he's given up 70 goals. His save percentage is .932 which puts him at 2nd in the East.
The Boston Bruins were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 3 - 1 victory over the New York Rangers in their last contest. The Bruins had a middle of the road offensive performance in the win. In their game, they scored on 3 of the 34 shots they attempted. Furthermore, they had 2 power play chances but didn't net one. Boston ended up with a total of 10 penalty minutes for this game. The Corsi for the Bruins was 46 and the Corsi against was 45 which gave them a Corsi percentage of 50.5%. Their Fenwick was 32 and the Fenwick against sat at 34, which tells us they had a rate of 48.5%. They earned 21 face-off wins at even strength and lost 20 of the face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 56.7% and they had a PDO of 108.7 in this game. In discussing stats from the opponent, the New York Rangers racked up 26 shots. They had a total of 4 minutes in the box and they had 5 power play attempts.
The Flames will be on the other side of the ice and for the campaign they sit with 31 wins and 24 defeats. When looking at goal differential, they are ranked 12th in the conference and 25th in the NHL with -15. They have compiled a total of 174 goals for the year which has them sitting at 10th in the conference. Calgary has a team save percentage of .905 which has them 15th in the NHL, meaning scoring chances could present themselves. They are shooting 8.9% which is good for 11th in the conference. In net for Calgary is David Rittich who is having a tough campaign by giving up 2.93 goals against average and that has him 20th among West goaltenders and 41st in the NHL among goalies. In the 2,494 mins he has been on the ice this season, he's given up 122 goals. He has a save percentage of .908, which ranks him 20th among West goaltenders and 41st in the NHL among goalies.
The Calgary Flames squared up with the Anaheim Ducks in an outing where the Flames earned a victory by a score of 6 - 4. For this game, Calgary wound up with a 62.0% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 62 while their opponent had a Corsi of 38. They had a Fenwick percentage of 60.0% by notching a Fenwick of 54 and the Ducks having earned a 36 Fenwick. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Calgary played and they put on a good performance in this one. They had a PDO at even strength of 100.2 and their percentage of oZS was 61.3%. The Flames scored 6 goals of the 43 shots on goal they took. They had 4 power play attempts in this game but didn't score a goal. Concerning the opposition, the Ducks had 2 power play opportunities but weren't able to take advantage of it. Calgary gave up 30 shots on goal and the Ducks racked up 8 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Boston (-155)
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