Flames vs Senators Predictions, Picks, Tips 1/18/2020
Game: Calgary Flames vs Ottawa Senators
Date: Saturday, January 18, 2020
Location: Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Flames (-158) Senators (+143)
Canadian Tire Centre is the site where Marcus Hogberg and the Ottawa Senators (16-22-8, 7th in the Atlantic Division) will play the Calgary Flames (25-18-5, 1st in the Pacific Division) on Saturday. The moneyline on this contest has the Flames coming in at -158 and the Senators are at +143. The O/U is set at 6. The Flames cover 47.7% of the time, having gone 21-23 SU. Ottawa is covering 34.0% of the time, going 16-31 straight up.
The Calgary Flames head into this game holding a record of 25 victories and 18 losses, putting them at 1st in the Pacific Division. So far this season, they have earned a total of 127 goals which has them ranked at 12th in the Western Conference and 24th in the league. Their goal differential is -14, putting them at 24th in the league. The Flames have earned a total of 55 points, which has them ranked at 13th in the league and 5th in the Western Conference. When looking at shots at the opposing goalie, they have earned a total of 1,495 which has them ranked at 6th in the conference and 15th in the league. As a team, Calgary has collected a total of 810 hits which means they have an average of 16.9 per game. They have earned a total of 549 blocks for the year. The man between the pipes for Calgary is David Rittich from Jihlava, Czechoslovakia. He is 27 years old and has racked up 2,001 mins in net this year. Rittich is conceding 2.79 goals per contest which has him ranking 13th among Western Conference goaltenders and 27th among goalies in the NHL. Over the course of this season, he has surrendered 93 goals. He has a save % of .913 which has him ranking 14th among Western Conference goaltenders.
The Calgary Flames were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 2 - 0 defeat against the Montreal Canadiens the last time they stepped on the ice. The Flames had a below average offensive outing in this defeat. In this matchup, they converted 0 out of the 31 shots they looked to score on. Additionally, they had 2 power play attempts but weren't able to net one. Calgary racked up a total of 6 penalty minutes for this game. The Corsi for the Flames was 53 and the Corsi against was 58 giving them a Corsi percentage of 47.7%. Their Fenwick was 37 and the Fenwick against sat at 38, which means they had a rate of 49.3%. They earned 17 face-off wins and were beaten on 21 of the face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 44.9% and they had a PDO of 92.9 in this game. When it comes to their opponent, the Montreal Canadiens put up 37 shots. They had 4 penalty mins and they had 3 power play attempts.
The Senators are the team looking to add points to their total and for the season they have 16 victories and 22 losses. Regarding goal differential, they are currently sitting 14th in the East and 27th in the league with -31. They currently have a total of 123 goals for the year which has them sitting at 14th in the Eastern Conference. Ottawa has a save percentage as a team of .898 which currently has them ranked 23rd in the league, meaning there could be plenty of chances to score if they attack the goal. They are shooting 9.0% which is good for 12th in the conference. In goal for Ottawa is Marcus Hogberg who is having a tough year by giving up 3.01 goals against average and that has him 20th in the Eastern Conference and 42nd in the NHL among goalies. In the 558 mins he's been on the ice this season, he's surrendered 28 goals. His save % is .901, which places him at 23rd in the Eastern Conference and 47th in the NHL among goalies.
The Ottawa Senators faced the Chicago Blackhawks in a game where the Senators were on the wrong end of the score by a final of 3 - 2. In this outing, Ottawa earned a 37.4% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 34 while the opposition had a Corsi of 57. Their Fenwick rate came in at 36.1% by earning a Fenwick of 22 and the Blackhawks having a 39 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Ottawa had and we're sure they will look for better performances in the future. They had a PDO of 100.0 and their percentage of oZS was 35.7%. The Senators netted 2 goals out of the 22 shots on goal they pursued. They had 2 power play attempts in this one but were not able to net one. In discussing their opponent, the Blackhawks had 1 power play chance but weren't able to take advantage of it. Ottawa gave way to 30 shots on goal and the Blackhawks racked up 4 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Calgary (-158)
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