Calgary Flames vs Chicago Blackhawks Prediction, 4/18/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Calgary Flames vs Chicago Blackhawks
Date: Monday, April 18, 2022
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Flames (-278) Blackhawks (+220)
The Calgary Flames (46-20-9) are on their way to United Center on Monday where they will compete against the Chicago Blackhawks (25-39-11). The odds on this game have Calgary at -278 and Chicago is coming in at +220. The total has been set at 6.
The Calgary Flames came out of this game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 9-1 victory over the Coyotes their last time out. Calgary amassed 4 minutes in the box in this contest. The Flames had a solid offensive outing and it was apparent in the victory. Furthermore, they had 2 chances on the power play but didn't convert them into a score. In the matchup, they converted 9 out of the 41 shots they put on goal.
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The Flames have had 2,178 shots tried against them and hold a save percentage of .914. When at even strength, the Flames have conceded 151 goals while having 216 when they are on offense. Calgary Flames opponents have 224 power play opportunities (11th in the league) and have earned 36 goals in those chances. For the current campaign, the have a total of 101 points and their points percentage is .673. Calgary has tried 2,680 shots and is the owner of a shot percentage of 9.9%. Regarding their goal scoring prowess, the Calgary Flames have accumulated 266 goals (6th in the league) over the course of the season and have given up 187. Calgary skates onto the rink with 213 power play chances and they have notched 50 goals during those advantages, garnering them a percentage of 23.47%.
The player between the pipes for this game is Jacob Markstrom. The opposition has been able to score 961 goals against Markstrom in his NHL career and his goals against rate is 2.69. Markstrom has been in goal for 375 contests during his NHL career. His save percentage is .912 for his 21,434 minutes in the crease. He has compiled a mark of 167-152-42 and he has started in 359 games. During his career on the ice, Markstrom has accumulated 192 quality starts and his quality starts rate is .535. Markstrom has had 10,899 shots taken against him and he has 9,938 saves.
In their last game, Chicago played the Predators in a game where the Blackhawks ended up taking the loss by a tally of 4-3. They had 4 opportunities on the power play in this matchup but were not able to net one. The Blackhawks notched 3 goals out of the 31 shots on goal they attempted.
On the campaign, the Chicago Blackhawks have tallied 197 goals, 61 points, as well as a points percentage of .407. They have granted a total of 266 goals to be scored by of a combination of 215 goals at even strength and 51 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Blackhawks have tallied 151 goals at even strength and 46 goals (17th in professional hockey) while on the power play. They have a total of 225 opportunities on the power play and they have accumulated a power play rate of 20.44%. Chicago has attempted 2,160 shots (29th in pro hockey) and has a shooting percentage of 9.12%, while allowing their opponents 2,468 shots. They have a penalty kill rate of 75.12% on their opponents 205 power play tries, and their save percentage is currently 89.2%.
Across the rink you are going to see Kevin Lankinen in the crease. His opponents are averaging 3.28 goals per game and he has yielded 201 goals altogether. Lankinen's quality start rate sits at 44.3% and he has made 27 quality starts in his pro career. He has made the start in 61 games and has been on the ice for 3,674 minutes. Lankinen has amassed a lifetime mark of 22-27-11 and has been in goal for 63 games. He has recorded 1,814 stops out of 2,015 shots attempted against him, which gives him a save % of .900.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Tony's Pick: Take Calgary (-278)
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