Winnipeg Jets vs Calgary Flames Predictions, NHL Picks, Betting Tips 8/1/2020
Game: Winnipeg Jets vs Calgary Flames
Date: Saturday, August 1, 2020
Location: Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
Odds/Point Spread: Jets (+121) Flames (-149)
Connor Hellebuyck and the Winnipeg Jets (37-28-6, 4th in the Central Division) go to Rogers Place on Saturday where they'll meet the Calgary Flames (36-27-7, 3rd in the Pacific Division). The line on this contest has the Jets coming in at +121 and the Flames are at -149. The O/U is set at 6.5. The Jets cover 50.0% of the time, having gone 34-34 SU. Calgary is covering 46.9% of the time, going 30-34 straight up.
The Winnipeg Jets head into this game holding a record of 37 wins and 28 defeats, ranking them 4th in the Central Division. During the season thus far, they have earned a total of 213 goals which ranks 7th in the conference and 16th in the league. Their goal differential is +12, ranking them 12th in the league. The Jets currently have a total of 80 points, which ranks 15th in the league and 6th in the conference. When discussing shots on goal, they currently have a total of 2,222 which ranks 6th in the conference and 12th in the league. As a unit, Winnipeg has compiled a total of 1,470 hits which means they are averaging 20.7 per contest. They currently have a total of 760 blocks for the season. The goaltender for Winnipeg is Connor Hellebuyck from Commerce, Michigan. He is 26 years old and has been on the ice a total of 3,269 minutes in net this season. Hellebuyck is giving up an average of 2.57 goals per game which has him ranked 7th in the Western Conference and 16th in the NHL among goalies. During this year, he's allowed 140 goals. His save percentage is .922 which has him ranked 5th in the Western Conference.
The Winnipeg Jets came out of this game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 4 - 2 victory against the Edmonton Oilers in their last game. The Jets played really well in the victory. For this game, they netted 4 out of the 25 shots they put on goal. Moreover, they had 0 power play opportunities but weren't able to notch a goal in these power play chances. Winnipeg racked up a total of 2 penalty mins for this outing. The Corsi for the Jets was 45 and the Corsi against was 49 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 47.9%. Their Fenwick was 31 while the Fenwick against sat at 41, telling us they have a Fenwick percentage of 43.1%. They earned 18 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 25 tries to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 33.3% and they had a PDO of 110.3 for this matchup. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Edmonton Oilers tallied 38 shots. They had 0 minutes in the box and they had 1 power play chance.
The Flames will be on the other side of the ice and for the season they have 36 wins and 27 defeats. In the matter of goal differential, they are currently ranked 12th in the Western Conference and 23rd in the NHL with -10. They currently have a total of 204 goals for this season which has them at 10th in the Western Conference. Calgary has a save percentage as a team of .906 which is good for 13th in the NHL, meaning there should be some chances to score. They have a shooting percentage of 9.2% putting them at 9th in the West. In goal for Calgary is David Rittich who is having a tough campaign by giving up 2.97 goals against average and that ranks him 23rd among Western Conference goalies and 45th in the NHL among goalies. In the 2,792 minutes he has been on the ice this year, he has allowed 138 goals. He holds a save percentage of .907, which has him ranked 20th among Western Conference goalies and 40th in the NHL among goalies.
The Calgary Flames opposed the Vegas Golden Knights in a game where the Flames ended up taking the loss by a score of 5 - 3. In this game, Calgary wound up with a 33.0% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 34 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 69. They had a Fenwick percentage of 35.3% by notching a Fenwick of 24 and the Golden Knights ending the game with a 44 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Calgary played and you could say that they didn't play great, but weren't awful either. Their PDO at even strength was 97.1 and their percentage of oZS was 35.5%. The Flames notched 3 goals of the 22 shots on goal they tried. They had 1 power play attempt in this one and were able to convert 1 on that chance. Regarding their opponent, the Golden Knights had 1 power play attempt and ended up scoring 1 goal. Calgary conceded 32 shots on goal and the Golden Knights earned a total of 2 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Winnipeg (+121)
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