Calgary Flames vs Boston Bruins Predictions, NHL Expert Picks 2/25/2020
Game: Calgary Flames vs Boston Bruins
Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Flames (+188) Bruins (-210)
TD Garden is the venue where Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins (39-12-12, 1st in the Atlantic Division) will take on the Calgary Flames (32-25-6, 4th in the Pacific Division) on Tuesday. The Bruins open this game at -210 while the Flames are coming in at +188. The total is set at 6. The Flames cover 45.6% of the time, having gone 26-31 SU. Boston is covering 61.9% of the time, going 39-24 straight up.
The Calgary Flames head into this matchup holding a record of 32 wins and 25 defeats, ranking them 4th in the Pacific Division. During the year thus far, they have converted a total of 181 goals which puts them at 9th in the conference and 20th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -14, ranking them 25th in the NHL. The Flames have compiled a total of 70 points, which puts them at 18th in the NHL and 7th in the West. When talking about shots on goal, they have compiled a total of 2,000 which puts them at 5th in the West and 11th in the NHL. As a group, Calgary has a total of 1,082 hits which means they are averaging 17.2 per game. They have compiled a total of 705 blocks for this season. The man looking after the goal for Calgary is David Rittich from Jihlava, Czechoslovakia. He is 27 years old and has racked up 2,554 minutes protecting the net for the year. Rittich is surrendering 2.91 goals against average which has him placed 20th among Western Conference goalies and 41st in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he's surrendered 124 goals. His save % is .908 which has him placed 19th among Western Conference goalies.
The Calgary Flames were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 4 - 2 win against the Detroit Red Wings in their previous game. The Flames played really well in this win. While out there on the ice, they netted 4 out of the 31 shots they put on net. They also had 2 power play attempts but didn't net one. Calgary ended up with 4 penalty minutes for this outing. The Corsi for the Flames was 53 and the Corsi against was 37 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 58.9%. Their Fenwick was 44 while the Fenwick against was 29, which tells us they had a rate of 60.3%. They took 31 face-off wins and lost 19 of the face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 50.0% and they had a PDO of 105.5 for this game. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Detroit Red Wings put up 29 shots. They had 4 penalty mins and they earned 2 power play opportunities.
The Bruins will be the team across the ice and for the current year they sit with 39 victories and 12 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they are sitting 1st in the conference and 1st in the NHL with +56. They currently have a total of 208 goals for this year which has them ranked at 5th in the Eastern Conference. Boston has a team save % of .920 which is good for 1st in the NHL, meaning chances to score may be scarce. They are shooting 10.2% which puts them at 7th in the East. In goal for Boston is Tuukka Rask who is having an ok season by surrendering 2.17 goals against average and that has him 1st among Eastern Conference goalies and 1st among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 2,103 minutes he has been on the ice this season, he has given up 76 goals. He has a save % of .928, which has him ranked 3rd among Eastern Conference goalies and 4th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Boston Bruins went up against the Vancouver Canucks in a game where the Bruins took the loss by a mark of 9 - 3. For this game, Boston went home with a 55.7% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 64 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 51. Their Fenwick percentage was 51.6% by way of having a Fenwick of 48 and the Canucks earning a 45 Fenwick. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Boston had and you could say that they played like a middle of the road team. Their PDO at even strength was 79.0 and their percentage of oZS was 67.4%. The Bruins converted 3 goals out of the 37 shots on goal they took. They had 2 power play chances in this game and were able to notch 1 out of those chances. Regarding the opposition, the Canucks had 3 power play attempts and came through by scoring 1 goal. Boston conceded 35 shots on goal and the Canucks earned a total of 11 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Calgary (+188)
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