Vegas Golden Knights vs Calgary Flames Predictions, Free NHL Pick 3/8/2020
Game: Vegas Golden Knights vs Calgary Flames
Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020
Location: Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB
Odds/Point Spread: Golden Knights (-115) Flames (+104)
David Rittich and the Calgary Flames (36-26-7, 3rd in the Pacific Division) host the Vegas Golden Knights (37-24-8, 1st in the Pacific Division) at Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday, March 8, 2020. The line on this game has the Golden Knights priced at -115 and the Flames are at +104. The O/U has been set at 6. The Golden Knights cover 51.5% of the time, having gone 34-32 SU. Calgary is covering 47.6% of the time, going 30-33 straight up.
The Vegas Golden Knights step onto the ice with a record of 37 victories and 24 losses, ranking them 1st in the Pacific Division. During the season thus far, they have scored a total of 216 goals which ranks 4th in the conference and 11th in the league. Their goal differential is +12, ranking them 11th in the league. The Golden Knights currently have a total of 82 pts, which ranks 9th in the league and 4th in the conference. Regarding shots at the opposition, they currently have a total of 2,370 which ranks 1st in the West and 1st in the league. As a unit, Vegas has compiled a total of 1,765 hits which means they are averaging 25.6 per game. They currently have a total of 756 blocks for the year. The man protecting the goal for Vegas is Marc-Andre Fleury from Sorel, Quebec. He is 35 years old and has racked up 2,818 minutes in net for the season. Fleury is surrendering 2.79 goals per contest which has him sitting 14th among West goalies and 31st in the NHL. For the season, he's surrendered 131 goals. He has a save % of .905 which has him sitting 23rd among West goalies.
The Vegas Golden Knights were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 4 - 0 loss against the Winnipeg Jets in their last game. The Golden Knights had a below average offensive outing in the loss. While out there on the ice, they scored on 0 out of the 29 shots they put on net. Furthermore, they had 1 power play chance but weren't able to score a goal. Vegas earned a total of 4 penalty mins in this game. The Corsi for the Golden Knights sat at 60 and the Corsi against was 42 which gave them a Corsi percentage of 58.8%. Their Fenwick was 44 and the Fenwick against sat at 31, which earned them a rate of 58.7%. They earned 31 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 35 tries to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 54.3% and they had a PDO of 90.9 for this game. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Winnipeg Jets tallied a total of 24 shots. They ended the game with 2 minutes in the box and they had 2 power play opportunities.
The Flames will be the team across the ice and for the campaign they sit with 36 wins and 26 losses. In the matter of goal differential, they are ranked 12th in the West and 24th in the league with -8. They currently have a total of 201 goals for the year which ranks 10th in the Western Conference. Calgary has a team save percentage of .907 which has them ranked 13th in the league, meaning scoring chances could present themselves. They have a shooting percentage of 9.2% putting them at 9th in the Western Conference. In goal for Calgary is David Rittich who is having a bad season by allowing 2.94 goals per contest and that places him 21st among West goaltenders and 43rd in the NHL among goalies. In the 2,732 mins he's played this season, he has allowed 134 goals. He has a save percentage of .907, which has him ranking 20th among West goaltenders and 42nd in the NHL among goalies.
The Calgary Flames played the Arizona Coyotes in an outing where the Flames notched a win by a final of 3 - 2. For this game, Calgary wound up with a 48.6% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 51 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 54. Their Fenwick percentage was 49.4% by notching a Fenwick of 44 and the Coyotes finishing with a 45 Fenwick. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Calgary had and it tells us they had an average game overall. Their PDO was 102.2 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 37.2%. The Flames converted 3 goals out of the 34 shots on goal they pursued. They had 4 power play opportunities in this one and converted 1 out of those chances. Regarding the opposition, the Coyotes had 3 power play opportunities but weren't able to take advantage of it. Calgary allowed 34 shots on goal and the Coyotes had a total of 8 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Calgary (+104)
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