Montreal Canadiens vs Calgary Flames Prediction, 4/26/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Montreal Canadiens vs Calgary Flames
Date: Monday, April 26, 2021
Location: Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB
Odds/Point Spread: Canadiens (+100) Flames (-120)
Jacob Markstrom and the Calgary Flames (21-23-3) play the Montreal Canadiens (20-17-9) at Scotiabank Saddledome on Monday. The Flames open this game at -120 while the Canadiens are priced at +100. The over/under has been set at 5.5.
The Canadiens were on the losing side of the ice with a 5-2 loss to the Flames in their previous outing. The Corsi for the Canadiens was sitting at 47 and the Corsi against was at 35 which means they had a Corsi rate of 57.3%. Their offensive zone starts came in at 47.8% and they had a PDO of 84.9 for this matchup. Montreal recorded 10 penalty mins in this contest. The Canadiens had an offensive game that was below their expectations in this defeat. Their Fenwick was 36 and the Fenwick against finished at 32, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 52.9%. They had 25 face-off wins when at even strength and lost on 21 attempts to win the face-off. Moreover, they had 4 opportunities with more players on the ice and netted 1 goal. In the game, they converted 2 out of the 32 shots they put on net.
The Canadiens have had 1,302 shots taken against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .899. While playing at even strength, the Canadiens have allowed 99 goals while earning 109 themselves. Montreal Canadiens opponents have recorded 147 power play opportunities (8th in pro hockey) and have a total of 33 goals in those attempts. For the year, they have scored 49 points and their points percentage sits at .533. Montreal has attempted 1,460 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 9.1%. In relation to their scoring capabilities, the Montreal Canadiens have racked up 133 goals (15th in hockey) for the year and have given up 132. Montreal is sitting with 126 power play opportunities and they have added 24 goals during those chances, earning them a percentage of 19.05%.
The player in the crease for this game is Jake Allen. Allen has taken the ice for 310 contests over the course of his professional hockey career. He has earned an overall record of 156-103-30 and was named the starter in 291 games. Opponents have scored 725 goals against Allen in his pro career and his goals against average is 2.51. Allen has had 8,281 shot attempts taken against him and has recorded 7,556 total saves. His save percentage currently is at .912 for his 17,345 minutes between the pipes. In his career, Allen has recorded 158 quality starts and his quality starts percentage sits at .543.
In their win over Montreal, the Flames PDO was 115 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 51.9%. They had 2 power play opportunities in this one but weren't able to notch a goal. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 47.1% with a Fenwick of 32 and the Canadiens having racked up a 36 Fenwick. The Flames tallied 5 goals out of the 34 shots on goal they attempted. Calgary earned a 42.7% Corsi rate. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Calgary played and they looked good in this game.
The Flames have earned 97 goals at even strength and 29 goals (17th in the NHL) while on the power play. Calgary has taken 1,407 shots (16th in hockey) and has earned a shot percentage of 8.96%, while allowing the opposition 1,349 shots. Over the course of the season, the Calgary Flames have tallied 126 goals, 45 points, and a points percentage of .479. They have earned 147 chances on the power play and they have accumulated a power play rate of 19.73%. They have earned a penalty kill percentage of 80.69% on their oppositions 145 tries on the power play, and their save percentage is currently 89.9%. They have allowed 136 goals to be scored by of a combination of 108 goals at even strength and 28 goals while they were shorthanded.
Across the ice you will find Jacob Markstrom in net. He has accrued 8,202 stops out of the 9,015 shots taken, giving him a save % of .910. Markstrom has earned a career mark of 127-134-34 and has played in 307 games. He got the starting nod in 291 games and has been on the ice for 17,439 minutes. Markstrom's quality start rate is 51.9% and he has made 151 quality starting assignments in his pro career. His opposition is averaging 2.80 goals/game and he has surrendered 813 goals altogether.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Montreal (+100)
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