Montreal Canadiens vs Calgary Flames Prediction, 4/23/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Montreal Canadiens vs Calgary Flames
Date: Friday, April 23, 2021
Location: Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB
Odds/Point Spread: Canadiens (-123) Flames (+103)
Scotiabank Saddledome is the site where Jacob Markstrom and the Calgary Flames (19-23-3) will play the Montreal Canadiens (20-15-9) on Friday. The Flames open this matchup at +103 while the Canadiens are priced at -123. The total has been set at 5.5.
The Canadiens went home feeling good about their game by earning a 4-3 win over the Oilers their last time out. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 54.4% and they had a PDO of 99.6 in this one. They accumulated 17 face-off victories when at even strength and lost on 28 attempts to win the face-off. Their Fenwick came in at 37 and the Fenwick against was 27, meaning they had a Fenwick rate of 57.8%. The Corsi for the Canadiens came in at 44 and the Corsi against was 45 meaning they had a Corsi rate of 49.4%. Montreal garnered 13 penalty mins in this game. Furthermore, they had 4 power play opportunities and were able to score 1 goal. The Canadiens had a great offensive game plan going into this one and it showed in the win. For the game, they converted 4 out of the 31 shots they put on net.
The Canadiens have had 1,237 shots taken against them and have a save percentage of .901. When at even strength, the Canadiens have conceded 91 goals while scoring 106 as an offensive unit. Montreal Canadiens opponents have tallied 144 power play tries (5th in the NHL) and have notched 32 goals in those chances. For the current campaign, they have 49 points and their points percentage is sitting at .557. Montreal has taken 1,408 shots and has a shooting percentage of 9.2%. In terms of their scoring capabilities, the Montreal Canadiens have accumulated 129 goals (15th in hockey) this season and have conceded 123. Montreal has compiled 121 power play opportunities and they have scored 23 goals out of those tries, garnering them a percentage of 19.01%.
The player in the crease for this game is Jake Allen. Allen has been involved in 309 contests throughout his hockey career. He has a win-loss mark of 156-102-30 and he was named the starter in 290 games. Opponents have tallied 722 goals against Allen in his pro hockey career and his goals against average is 2.51. Allen has had 8,251 shots against him and has accrued 7,529 saves. His save percentage is at .912 in his 17,286 minutes between the pipes. In his career, Allen has 158 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .545.
In their last game, Calgary squared up with the Senators in a game where the Flames ended up taking the loss by a score of 4-2. Calgary wound up with a 58.3% Corsi rating. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Calgary had and it tells us that they didn't have their best game. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 62.0% by accumulating a Fenwick of 31 and the Senators having earned a 19 Fenwick. Their PDO at even strength was 95 and their oZS percentage was 33.5%. The Flames converted 2 goals of the 28 shots on goal they took. They had 4 power play attempts in this matchup but weren't able to put one in the back of the net.
On the campaign, the Calgary Flames have earned a total of 117 goals, 41 points, and a points percentage of .456. They have granted a total of 132 goals to be scored by way of 105 goals at even strength and 27 goals while they were shorthanded. The Flames have accumulated 89 goals at even strength and 28 goals (16th in the league) while having a power play advantage. They have earned 144 power play chances and they have earned a power play rate of 19.44%. Calgary has attempted 1,342 shots (15th in hockey) and has a shot percentage of 8.72%, while allowing the other team 1,297 shots. They have accumulated a penalty kill rate of 80.71% on the other teams 140 power play chances, and their save percentage currently comes in at 89.8%.
On the other side of the ice you are expected to see Jacob Markstrom defending the net. He has a tally of 8,154 saves out of 8,963 shots taken, which gives him a percentage of .910. Markstrom is the owner of a lifetime mark of 125-134-34 and has played in 305 games. He has been a starter 289 games and his ice time sits at 17,319 minutes. Markstrom's quality start rate comes in at 51.6% and he has 149 quality starts in his NHL career. His opposition is averaging 2.80 goals per game and he has given up 809 goals overall.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take Calgary (+103) and under 5.5 goals
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