Montreal Canadiens vs Calgary Flames Prediction, 3/3/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Montreal Canadiens vs Calgary Flames
Date: Thursday, March 3, 2022
Location: Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB
Odds/Point Spread: Canadiens (+310) Flames (-400)
The Montreal Canadiens (13-34-7) are en route to Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday where they will take on the Calgary Flames (32-14-6). The line on this contest has the Canadiens at +310 while the Flames are priced at -400. The over/under has been set at 6.
The Montreal Canadiens will be looking to get a win in their next outing after their 8-4 defeat to the Jets in their previous outing. Montreal garnered 19 minutes in the box in this outing. The Canadiens had a good offensive performance in this defeat. Furthermore, they had 6 chances with extra men on the ice and scored 1 goal. In the outing, they converted 4 out of the 35 shots they looked to score on.
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The Canadiens have had 1,842 shots taken against them and have a save percentage of .888. While playing at even strength, the Canadiens let the opposition score 157 goals while getting 105 on offense. Montreal Canadiens opponents have amassed 182 power play tries (3rd in professional hockey) and have scored 49 goals in those chances. For the season, they have 33 points and their points percentage sits at .306. Montreal has tried 1,593 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 7.9%. In the matter of their scoring capabilities, the Montreal Canadiens have accumulated 125 goals (31st in pro hockey) over the course of the season and have given up 206. Montreal has accumulated 161 power play opportunities and they have added 20 goals out of those tries, giving them a percentage of 12.42%.
The man protecting the net in this game is Sam Montembeault. From the beginning of his pro career to now, Montembeault has 15 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .395. He has a save percentage of .894 in his 2,560 mins between the pipes. Montembeault has had 1,398 shots against him and has accrued 1,250 total saves. Opponents have tallied 148 goals versus Montembeault in his NHL career and his average for goals against per game is 3.47. He has an overall mark of 14-19-7 and he has gotten the start in 38 games. Montembeault has taken the ice for 51 games throughout his hockey career.
When they took the ice last, Calgary squared up with the Wild in a game where the Flames took home the victory by a final score of 5-1. They had 3 power play attempts in this one and tallied 2 goals out of those attempts. The Flames recorded 5 goals out of the 27 shots on goal they took.
On the campaign, the Calgary Flames have tallied 180 goals, 70 points, and a points percentage of .673. They have allowed 125 goals to be scored by way of 102 goals at even strength and 23 goals while they were shorthanded. The Flames have earned 145 goals at even strength and 35 goals (15th in the NHL) while having a power play advantage. They have earned 151 power play chances and they have earned a power play percentage of 23.18%. Calgary has taken 1,859 shots (6th in professional hockey) and has accumulated a shot percentage of 9.68%, while allowing the opposition 1,513 shots. They have earned a penalty kill rate of 84.87% on their opponents 152 power play opportunities, and their save percentage currently comes in at 91.7%.
On the other side of the ice you are likely to see Jacob Markstrom in net. Markstrom has accrued a career record of 157-148-39 and has been in net for 357 contests. Markstrom's percentage of quality starts sits at 52.8% and he has earned 180 quality starts in his career. He has gathered 9,486 saves out of 10,404 shots tried, which gives him a rate of .912. His opponents are averaging 2.70 goals/game and he has allowed 918 goals altogether. He has been a starter 341 games and has played for a total of 20,403 minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy's Pick: Take Calgary (-400)
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