Calgary Flames vs Montreal Canadiens Prediction, 1/30/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Calgary Flames vs Montreal Canadiens
Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021
Location: Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
Odds/Point Spread: Flames (-105) Canadiens (-111)
Bell Centre is the venue where Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens (5-0-2) will take on the Calgary Flames (2-3-1) on Saturday. The Canadiens open this game at -111 while the Flames are priced at -105. The over/under opens at 6.5.
The Flames had a rough game after their 4 - 2 loss to the Canadiens in their previous game. The Flames had a below average offensive outing in this loss. In the game, they finished 2 out of the 25 shots they attempted. Furthermore, they had 4 power play opportunities and were able to notch 1 goal out of those tries. Calgary racked up a total of 13 penalty mins in their game. The Corsi for the Flames sat at 45 and the Corsi against was 34 giving them a Corsi percentage of 57.0%. Their Fenwick sat at 30 and the Fenwick against was 20, which gave them a Fenwick percentage of 60.0%. They won 22 face-off wins and were beaten on 23 tries to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 48.7% and they had a PDO of 99.7 in this game. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Montreal Canadiens tallied a total of 21 shots. They had 15 penalty minutes and they earned a total of 3 power play chances.
With regard to their scoring, the Calgary Flames have accumulated 18 goals (22nd in the National Hockey League) for the season and have conceded 17. For the current campaign, they have scored 5 points and their points % is .417. Calgary skates onto the rink with 28 power play opportunities and they have scored 9 goals out of those chances, giving them a rate of 32.14%. When at even strength, the Flames have allowed 10 goals while getting 9 on the offensive side of the ice. Calgary has taken 177 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 10.2%. The Flames have had 167 shots taken against them and hold a save percentage of .898. Calgary Flames opponents have recorded 21 power play opportunities (24th in pro hockey) and have racked up 5 goals in those chances.
The player in the crease for this game is Jacob Markstrom. For his professional hockey career, Markstrom has compiled 135 quality starts and his quality starts rate is .517. His save percentage is at .911 during his 15,707 minutes between the pipes. Markstrom has seen 8,202 shots taken against him and has accrued 7,469 total saves. The opposition has been able to score 733 goals against Markstrom in his career and his goals against average per game is 2.80. He has compiled an overall mark of 112-120-33 and he has gotten the start in 261 games. Markstrom has taken the ice for 277 matchups during his hockey career.
In their win over Calgary, Montreal went home with a 43.0% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 34 and they conceded a Corsi of 45. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 40.0% with a Fenwick of 20 and the Flames having earned a 30 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Montreal had and they put on a good performance in this one. Their PDO was 100.3 and their oZS percentage was 51.3%. The Canadiens converted 4 goals out of the 21 shots on goal they attempted. They had 3 power play attempts in this outing and were able to net 2 out of those opportunities. Concerning the opposition, the Flames had 4 power play opportunities and used that advantage to score 1 goal. Montreal gave up 25 shots on goal and the Flames earned 13 minutes in the box.
The Canadiens have 20 goals at even strength and 8 goals (7th in the NHL) while on the power play. Montreal has attempted 234 shots (11th in the NHL) and has earned a shot percentage of 14.10%, while allowing the opposition 190 shots. Over the course of the season, the Montreal Canadiens have tallied 33 goals, 12 points, as well as a points percentage of .857. They have a total of 26 chances on the power play and they have earned a power play percentage of 30.77%. They have a penalty kill percentage of 78.13% on their opponents 32 chances on the power play, and their save percentage comes in at 14.1%. They have allowed 19 goals to be scored by of a combination of 11 goals at even strength and 7 goals while they were shorthanded.
For the opposition you will find Carey Price protecting the goal. Price has compiled a lifetime record of 351-250-76 and has participated in 687 games. Price's quality start percentage sits at 57.5% and he has qualified for 388 quality starts in his pro hockey career. He is sitting with 18,712 saves out of the 20,399 shots attempted against him, which gives him a save percentage of .917. His opposition is averaging 2.50 goals/game and he has yielded 1,687 goals altogether. He has started in 675 games and has racked up 40,536 minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Montreal (-111)
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