Calgary Flames vs Chicago Blackhawks Prediction, 12/13/2021 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Calgary Flames vs Chicago Blackhawks
Date: Monday, December 13, 2021
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Flames (-130) Blackhawks (+118)
United Center is the site where Kevin Lankinen and the Chicago Blackhawks (10-15-2) will play the Calgary Flames (15-7-6) on Monday. The Flames open this matchup at -130 while the Blackhawks are coming in at +118. The total opens at 5.5.
The Calgary Flames were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 4-2 loss against the Bruins in their last contest. The Flames left a lot to be desired in terms of their offense in this defeat. For the outing, they converted 2 of the 42 shots they put on goal. In addition, they had 5 chances on the power play and netted 1 goal. Calgary tallied 10 mins in the box for this game.
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The Flames have had 821 shots tried against them and hold a save percentage of .924. When playing at even strength, the Flames have conceded 50 goals while getting 67 of their own. Calgary Flames opponents have recorded 84 power play tries (8th in pro hockey) and have come away with 12 goals in those chances. For the current campaign, they have accumulated 36 points and their points percentage is .643. Calgary has taken 963 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 8.8%. Concerning their scoring capabilities, the Calgary Flames have notched 85 goals (11th in the NHL) this year and have conceded 62. Calgary skates onto the rink with 81 power play opportunities and they have tallied 18 goals during those advantages, giving them a percentage of 22.22%.
The player protecting the goal in this game is Jacob Markstrom. Opponents have notched 872 goals versus Markstrom in his professional career and his average for goals against per game is 2.73. Markstrom has been in net for 336 games during his NHL career. His save percentage is at .911 for his 19,186 minutes played. He has earned an overall mark of 142-143-39 and was named the starter in 320 games. In his professional hockey career, Markstrom has accrued 168 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .525. Markstrom has seen 9,825 shots taken against him and he has 8,953 total saves.
In their last contest, Chicago opposed the Maple Leafs in a game where the Blackhawks went home in defeat by a mark of 5-4. They had 3 power play chances in this contest but didn't put one in the back of the net. The Blackhawks recorded 4 goals of the 35 shots on goal they attempted.
Chicago has taken 756 shots (27th in hockey) and has a shooting percentage of 7.80%, while allowing the opposition 838 shots. They have accumulated a penalty kill percentage of 79.73% on the other teams 74 power play chances, and their save percentage comes in at 89.7%. They have recorded 82 power play opportunities and they have earned a power play rate of 17.07%. The Blackhawks have 45 goals at even strength and 14 goals (20th in the NHL) while on the power play. They have permitted 86 goals to be scored by of a combination of 71 goals at even strength and 15 goals while they had less men on the ice. During this campaign, the Chicago Blackhawks have earned 59 goals, 22 points, in addition to a points percentage of .407.
Across the ice you will find Kevin Lankinen protecting the goal. The opposition is averaging 3.09 goals/game and he has given up 142 goals in total. Lankinen's quality start percentage comes out to 47.8% and he has earned 22 quality starting assignments in his career. He has started in 46 contests and has played 2,760 mins. Lankinen has compiled a lifetime mark of 19-19-7 and has participated in 47 games. He is sitting with 1,342 stops out of the 1,484 shots taken against him, giving him a save % of .904.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Calgary (-130)
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