Calgary Flames vs Vancouver Canucks Prediction, 5/18/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Calgary Flames vs Vancouver Canucks
Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Location: Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC
Odds/Point Spread: Flames (-135) Canucks (+115)
Thatcher Demko and the Vancouver Canucks (22-28-4) play the Calgary Flames (25-26-3) at Rogers Arena on Tuesday. The Canucks open this contest at +115 while the Flames are coming in at -135. The O/U has been set at 6.
The Flames were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 6-5 victory against the Canucks in their last outing. The Corsi for the Flames was 55 and the Corsi against when the final whistle blew was 36 meaning they had a Corsi rate of 60.4%. When starting in the offensive zone they were rated at 54.2% and their PDO rating was 117.3 for this one. Calgary accounted for 29 penalty minutes in this contest. The Flames had a good offensive performance and it was apparent in the victory. Their Fenwick was 39 and the Fenwick Against sat at 29, meaning they had a Fenwick rate of 57.4%. They compiled 22 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 25 opportunities to take control of the puck. Moreover, they had 6 power play attempts but weren't able to score a goal. In the outing, they earned a goal on 6 of the 36 shots they tried.
The Flames have had 1,532 shots tried against them and hold a save percentage of .899. At even strength, the Flames have conceded 121 goals while scoring 115 as an offensive unit. Calgary Flames opponents have earned 164 power play tries (15th in the NHL) and have racked up 33 goals in those attempts. For the season, they have 53 points and their points percentage is sitting at .491. Calgary has tried 1,621 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 9.1%. In regard to their scoring, the Calgary Flames have accumulated 147 goals (23rd in pro hockey) so far this year and have conceded 154. Calgary has accounted for 170 power play opportunities and they have notched 32 goals out of those attempts, earning them a percentage of 18.82%.
The player between the pipes for this game is Jacob Markstrom. Markstrom has participated in 314 games throughout his pro hockey career. He has amassed an overall mark of 131-137-34 and was named the starter in 298 games. The opposition has notched 829 goals against Markstrom in his NHL career and his goals against average is 2.79. Markstrom has had 9,196 shots against him and has accrued 8,367 saves. His save percentage sits at .910 for his 17,858 mins played. From the beginning of his pro career to now, Markstrom has recorded 156 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is at .523.
In their loss to Calgary, Vancouver had 4 opportunities on the power play in this contest and netted 2 out of those chances. The Canucks earned 5 goals of the 35 shots on goal they tried. Their PDO at even strength was 83 and their percentage of oZS was 45.8%. Vancouver earned a 39.6% Corsi rating. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Vancouver had and we'd say they played well overall. Their Fenwick percentage was 42.6% by tallying a Fenwick of 29 and the Flames ending the game with a 39 Fenwick at even strength.
This season, the Vancouver Canucks have accumulated 142 goals, 48 points, as well as a points percentage of .444. They have allowed 179 goals to be scored by way of 142 goals at even strength and 37 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Canucks have racked up 116 goals at even strength and 26 goals (26th in hockey) while on the power play. They have a total of 147 power play chances and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 17.69%. Vancouver has attempted 1,584 shots (28th in the league) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 8.96%, while allowing their opponents 1,802 shots. They have earned a penalty kill rate of 79.21% on their opponents 178 power play chances, and their save percentage is currently 90.1%.
On the other side of the ice you will find Thatcher Demko patrolling the crease. He has accounted for 2,060 stops out of the 2,264 shots attempted, which gives him a save percentage of .910. Demko is the owner of a lifetime record of 33-31-4 and has played in 71 contests. He has started in 68 games and his ice time sits at 4,151 mins. Demko's quality start percentage comes out to 57.4% and he has qualified for 39 quality starts in his professional career. Teams are averaging 2.95 goals per game and he has given up 204 goals overall.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Calgary (-135)
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