Chicago Blackhawks vs Calgary Flames Prediction, 1/26/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Chicago Blackhawks vs Calgary Flames
Date: Thursday, January 26, 2023
Location: Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB
Odds/Point Spread: Blackhawks (+315) Flames (-410)
Scotiabank Saddledome is the location where the Calgary Flames (23-16-9) will play the Chicago Blackhawks (14-28-4) on Thursday. The moneyline on this contest has Chicago at +315 while Calgary is sitting at -410. The total is set at 6.
The Chicago Blackhawks will look to clean up some issues after taking a 5-2 defeat to the Canucks in their previous game. The Blackhawks had a below average offensive performance in this defeat. While out there on the ice, they finished 2 out of the 14 shots they put on goal. In addition, they had 3 power play opportunities but weren't able to convert one of them into a goal. Chicago recorded 30 penalty mins for this game.
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Chicago Blackhawks opponents have tallied 140 power play tries (24th in hockey) and have come away with 34 goals in those chances. The Blackhawks so far have had 1,551 shots taken against them and hold a save percentage of .893. Chicago has attempted 1,199 shots and holds a shot percentage of 9.2%. When playing at even strength, the Blackhawks have conceded 132 goals while having 84 on offense. Chicago comes into the game with 135 power play chances and they have notched 26 goals during those advantages, giving them a rate of 19.26%. For the current campaign, they sit with 32 points and their points % is .348. Concerning their scoring capabilities, the Chicago Blackhawks have earned 110 goals (32nd in the league) this season and have given up 166.
The man protecting the net in this game is Petr Mrazek. Over the course of his career, Mrazek has accrued 146 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .507. He has a save percentage of .908 for his 17,601 minutes on the ice. Mrazek has had 8,641 shot attempts taken against him and has accrued 7,843 total saves. Opponents have racked up 798 goals against Mrazek in his NHL career and his goals against average is 2.72. He has compiled a mark of 145-114-32 and he started in 288 games. Mrazek has taken the ice for 315 matchups during his hockey career.
In their last outing, Calgary squared up with the Blue Jackets in a game where the Flames took home the win by a final of 4-3. They had 2 attempts on the power play in this outing but weren't able to notch a goal. The Flames earned 4 goals out of the 49 shots on goal they were seeking.
The Flames have accumulated 120 goals at even strength and 30 goals (22nd in professional hockey) while on the power play. Calgary has taken 1,698 shots (2nd in professional hockey) and has a shot percentage of 8.83%, while allowing their opponents 1,332 shots. So far this season, the Calgary Flames are sitting with 150 goals, 55 points, and a points percentage of .573. They have permitted 142 goals to be scored by of a combination of 111 goals at even strength and 31 goals while they were shorthanded. They have recorded 152 power play chances and they have earned a power play rate of 19.74%. They have a penalty kill percentage of 81.98% on their opponents 172 power play chances, and their save percentage currently sits at 89.3%.
Across the ice you will find Jacob Markstrom in the crease. Markstrom has compiled a lifetime record of 182-164-48 and has played in 410 games. Markstrom's quality start rate comes out to 52.8% and he has made 208 quality starts in his career. He has recorded 10,741 saves out of the 11,796 shots attempted, giving him a percentage of .911. His opponents are averaging 2.70 goals per contest and he has yielded 1,055 goals in total. He has been a starter 394 contests and his ice time sits at 23,464 minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy's Pick: Take Chicago (+315)
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