Flames vs Maple Leafs Predictions, Picks, Tips 1/16/2020
Game: Calgary Flames vs Toronto Maple Leafs
Date: Thursday, January 16, 2020
Location: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Flames (+153) Maple Leafs (-170)
David Rittich and the Calgary Flames (25-18-5, 2nd in the Pacific Division) travel to Scotiabank Arena on Thursday where they'll meet the Toronto Maple Leafs (25-16-6, 3rd in the Atlantic Division). The Flames open this game at +153 while the Maple Leafs are coming in at -170. The O/U has been set at 6.5. The Flames are covering 47.7% of the time, having gone 21-23 SU. The Maple Leafs are covering 52.2% of the time, going 24-22 straight up.
The Calgary Flames step onto the ice holding a record of 25 wins and 18 defeats, putting them at 2nd in the Pacific Division. Thus far in the season, they have earned a total of 127 goals which has them sitting at 12th in the West and 24th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -14, putting them at 24th in the NHL. The Flames have compiled a total of 55 points, which has them sitting at 12th in the NHL and 5th in the conference. When discussing shots toward the net, they have compiled a total of 1,495 which has them sitting at 6th in the Western Conference and 15th in the NHL. As a group, Calgary has a total of 810 hits which means they are averaging 16.9 per contest. They have compiled a total of 549 blocks for the year. The goaltender for Calgary is David Rittich from Jihlava, Czechoslovakia. He is 27 years old and has played 2,001 mins protecting the net for the season. Rittich is conceding 2.79 goals per contest which places him at 13th among West goalies and 27th in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he's given up 93 goals. He holds a save percentage of .913 which places him at 14th among West goalies.
The Calgary Flames will need a bounce back game after taking a 2 - 0 loss against the Montreal Canadiens in their last game. The Flames left a lot to be desired in terms of their offense in this defeat. In this game, they finished 0 out of the 31 shots they attempted. In addition, they had 2 power play attempts but didn't get a goal. Calgary earned a total of 6 penalty mins for this matchup. The Corsi for the Flames was 53 and the Corsi against was 58 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 47.7%. Their Fenwick was 37 while the Fenwick against was 38, which gave them a Fenwick percentage of 49.3%. They won 17 face-off wins at even strength and lost 21 of all total face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 44.9% and they had a PDO at even strength of 92.9 for this one. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Montreal Canadiens put up 37 shots. They finished with 4 penalty minutes and they tallied 3 power play chances.
The Maple Leafs are the team looking to add points to their total and for the current year they sit with 25 wins and 16 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they are sitting 6th in the East and 8th in the NHL with +18. They have a total of 172 goals for the year which has them sitting at 1st in the Eastern Conference. Toronto has a save percentage as a team of .899 which currently has them ranked 21st in the NHL, meaning there could be plenty of chances to score if they are aggressive. They are shooting 10.9% which is good for 3rd in the conference. In net for Toronto is Frederik Andersen who is having an average campaign by allowing 2.86 GAA and that has him ranked 15th among East goalies and 31st among goalies in the NHL. In the 2,141 mins he has played this year, he has given up 102 goals. He has a save % of .910, which has him placed 14th among East goalies and 29th among goalies in the NHL.
The Toronto Maple Leafs faced off against the New Jersey Devils in an outing where the Maple Leafs ended up with the win by a final score of 7 - 4. For this outing, Toronto had a 44.4% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 40 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 50. Their Fenwick percentage was 47.1% by way of having a Fenwick of 33 and the Devils ending the game with a 37 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Toronto had and they looked good in this game. They had a PDO at even strength of 107.8 and they had an oZS percentage of 28.2%. The Maple Leafs notched 7 goals of the 34 shots on goal they tried. They had 4 power play opportunities in this one and netted 2 out of those chances. Concerning the opposition, the Devils had 4 power play opportunities and used that advantage to score 1 goal. Toronto conceded 29 shots on goal and the Devils ended up with a total of 10 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Calgary (+153)
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